Uncertainty can be challenging. I think as humans, we tend to like things to be clear, certain, guaranteed.
Unfortunately, life doesn’t generally function that way.
I, for one, am not a big fan of this aspect of life.
And my life is filled to the brim with uncertainty at the moment.
My cat is in that liminal space between health and unhealthy, living and dying and preparing to release her earthly fursuit next week.
I am making big changes to my business and the work that I do in the world – increasing some aspects, letting others go, and creating new adventures.
I am in the middle of moving into a new position in my job – taking on more responsibility and a slightly different role . . . and doing so while I’m still very much in the process of learning and becoming comfortable in my current position and role.
I live in a new city and am making new friends and social activities.
My life routines and rhythms are all in chaos as I find a new way of being and living in this new space and new state.
Because of my move, my relationships with my friends and community in my previous home are shifting and changing.
The only thing I feel certain of these days is that everything is uncertain. Everything is in process. Everything is unsettled and off-kilter.
It’s deeply uncomfortable.
It’s also perfect.
I don’t really know what tomorrow will bring. I’m not sure I can say with any real certainty what the next hour will bring.
But I realized something in the midst of all this uncertainty and upheaval.
I don’t have to know.
I want to know. I would prefer to know. I would really really like to have some kind of guarantee that the life I am envisioning to come out of all these changes and this uncertainty will actually happen.
But I don’t have that guarantee. I don’t know.
The running litany in my head every day is simply, “I can handle this.” “Just focus on what is right in front of me.” “Right now, in this moment, I am handling this.”
What I am learning is that by leaning into this uncertainty, I can be certain of one thing.
I can be certain of my ability to figure things out. To handle whatever life throws in my path. To get up and move forward.
I have no idea what is going to ultimately happen in my relationships, with my business, job or career, with my body, my health, my life.
But I do know that whatever happens, I will end up okay in the end. I will be standing in the end.
Because I always have.
So have you.
If you are still here and reading this, whatever life has tossed in your path, you are still here and you are still standing.
Maybe that’s the lesson we can all learn from uncertainty.
We don’t have to know. We have ourselves.
And we’re all still standing. Even if standing means we’re crawling on our knees.
So, if no one has told you today – you can handle this. Whatever your particular “this” is.
You’ve got this.
I have faith in us.