The future is never set in stone. No matter how solid the possible outcome of an event might look, you can never truly know if it will actually happen or not. This uncertainty can actually be quite stressful to many people. Not knowing how things will turn out can create a lot of anxiety and make people fearful for their security and well-being. What might surprise you is that uncertainty can actually benefit you.
While unbridled optimism has its perks, modern society almost instills this expectation that people not only be happy but happy all the time. This can be a form of toxic positivity, and it also clashes hard with the fundamental truth about uncertainty about the future. People just can’t know that they’re going to be happy and safe 24/7 for the rest of their lives.
Many people even fall into the mindset of everything being bad or good and seeing the entire universe in black and white. The simplicity can offer psychological comfort, but it also means missing out on the exploration of grey areas that lay between. There are things that can be both good and bad but more one than the other. Some things in the universe are honestly just neutral.
Rain is a prime example. Yes, it can mean depressing weather, dark skies, flooding, and property damage. However, it also refills water supplies, gives people a free car wash, and hydrates trees, shrubs, flowers, and grass that need moisture in order to thrive and grow.
Facing uncertainty is a chance for growth. People who do it can become more psychologically and emotionally resilient with the challenges they face in life. It’s also a chance to explore the possibilities that the future holds for anyone wanting to embrace them. With the future unwritten, people can chart their own course as they move ahead.
When nothing is set in stone, everything is possible. While the anxious side of the human mind can immediately conjure up all kinds of unwanted things, a simple pivot into even mild levels of positivity can mean you start dreaming of things that you do want to happen. Some will be only a matter of prayer and luck, but others will be paths you can take deliberate steps down.
Originally published on Herrick Lipton’s website.