There were so many times in my life that I said no to opportunity. So many doubts that I let rule my decisions because there was no guarantee I would succeed.
I didn’t know how valuable mistakes were at the time and that the #fails were actually the thing that could be bring me closer to the goal. I figured I could just jump to the ‘that’s just not my thing’ dialogue in my mind and have the perfect excuse to not have to try again and therefore, save the embarrassment of failure.
Whether I learned this lesson later than others, I’m just happy I learned it at all.
There are no guarantees and uncertainty is part of the game. There is actually a peaceful feeling that happens when you start to embrace the uncertainty. For me, I love a plan. I think having a plan is spectacular, but it doesn’t mean that things will always go according to that plan (another lesson). It just means you have direction.
Sure, it’s frustrating when you plan a trip with your family and you envision this amazing, hiccup free adventure filled with laughs and inside family jokes. But, let’s be real. Sometimes, the whole clan gets the stomach flu and the hotel you saved up for, now becomes a gross nightmare. We’ve been there.
I don’t think any plan I set out for went smoothly. But, the magic is this – in most cases, even though it was windy and hard as heck along the way – the destination resulted in something even better than what I set out for.
It’s made me realized that there is such beauty in the uncertainty. There’s peace in knowing that you don’t have control over everything. Instead of freaking out that you can’t control a situation or that you don’t have a guarantee of how something will turn out – take comfort in the uncertainty and just release that tight grip… because anything can happen and that anything could be the next best thing that’s ever happened to you.