We’re often anxious about uncertainty. We’d like to colourfully visualise and meticulously plan and effortlessly see our ideas come alive. But we also see how quickly plans can burn or wash away that we’re too frightened to even create them. But we should also see the beauty of uncertainty. Because uncertainty brings possibility. When life is uncertain, anything is possible – including the monumental, the miraculous, the magnificent. Anything is possible. And it’s all in our own hands. Conceive it, believe it, achieve it and live it.
We all have times when it feels like life is stacked up against us. Sometimes everything goes wrong at once. Other times things go wrong one after another and we can never catch a break. Either way, it feels like we’re drowning in sorrow, uncertainty, anxiety, and exhaustion. It feels like the bricks are piling up and it’s getting harder to find our way round. But the harder, darker times will pass – because we will pass through them. We don’t need to wait for those times to pass, because that would mean mean letting life pass us by too. We have to remain optimistic of the brighter future. We have to remain resilient and agile to search for that future. Don’t give up. One day, we’ll climb to the top of the brick tower we didn’t realise we were building and look out at how far we’ve come and how far we can still go.
At times, it can be overwhelming, exhausting, frustrating and painful, to work tirelessly for an uncertain ending. We cannot guarantee that our hard work will be rewarded with prosperity. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try or that we should cut corners. The sweetest accomplishments are cultivated through time and effort. We might be honoured with our desired outcome. We might equally be honoured with a lesson born out of failure, which in turn leads us another step closer to our desired outcome. What we create for instant satisfaction will quickly fade, because we’re not invested in the same way, and it isn’t as stable or perpetuating. So don’t be afraid to take time and to put in the effort. It will all come to something greater.
One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast withers as rapidly; and that which grows slow endures. – Josiah Gilbert Holland
We cannot always choose the cards we are dealt, the struggles we are thrown, or the tidings we are blessed with. The unknown is terrifying, so much so that we sometimes hide from it. But the unknown is also beautiful. To not know which views we’ll see, which places we’ll land, which people we’ll meet is what makes our life magical. To not know makes lessons powerful, risks thrilling, and success satisfying. Step outside and welcome it.