Life is uncertain. We all have heard this phrase at some point or other in our lives. But now is the first time many of us are experiencing it. When the pandemic hit the shores of every continent, no one knew what it is or how to contain it. A few months and millions of infections later, experts still don’t have the answers to many questions—when will it end?; when will the vaccination come?; and whether or not we will be able to live our lives like the good old days.
The last question has been running in our minds since the lockdown was implemented. And with no answer in sight, stress, anxiety, depression have grown like weeds.
That’s what uncertainty does. It covers your eyes with a sheet of fear, making you blind to what lies ahead. It could be a door to new possibilities or a glimmer of hope that you have been praying for. Unfortunately, in uncertain times, fear of the unknown sways your decisions and actions. Only if you knew, fear is nothing but shackles and you are the one carrying the keys. If you can free yourself from fear, not only hope awaits you but countless opportunities as well.
As the bestselling author Eckhart Tolle once said, “When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life.” The only thing you have to do is accept the reality and turn the tables. In this feature, Soulveda shares some tips on embracing uncertainty and making the best of it.
Focus on things you can control
When life gets uncertain, the mind begins to run like a jittery deer running from its hunter. Getting anxious about the future will not change the tomorrow or stop it from coming. It will come no matter what you do. So why lose sleep over something you can’t control or hasn’t even happened yet. Once you realise this truth, that you can only control what’s in your hands, you will feel a surge of confidence and optimism that you don’t have to fear the future but embrace it.