This is not a criticism of you. If it were, the same criticism must apply equally to me. No, you and I are in this together. We both face the hidden icebergs of uncertainty and ignorance. Some we share together and some are unique to our own lives.
I share this note to create an awareness of how central uncertainty and ignorance are in life, how little we tend to acknowledge and appreciate that, and how much better life gets when we do. We can’t do much to alter the unknowable aspects of life, but we can alter how we deal with them.
Ignorance is an equally dominant force. Consider how many things will happen behind closed doors without your knowledge over the next 10 years, with people you know and far more with people you don’t, that will have yet unknown impact on your life in some way.
Over just the next two years you will experience dozens of significant events that you aren’t even aware of right now. They will have various unforeseen impact, open new doors, and close others. I will experience my version of the same. These aren’t uncertainties about known things with knowable consequences. Right now, we are ignorant both to the events and to their impact.
For now, work on awareness. Work on your recognition of these dynamics. Work to make peace with the reality of uncertainty and the presence of ignorance.
Their existence is not up to you. How you deal with them is.
Answer the call. Do the work.
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