Why Uncertainty Isn’t Always A Bad Thing (And Quotes To Help You)

Why Uncertainty Isn’t Always A Bad Thing (And Quotes To Help You)

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Life is constantly changing and you never know what’s going to happen next. You might think you have your future all planned out, but the universe might not agree that’s where you’re going. We’ve all been taught that we’re supposed to have a plan for every aspect of our life, when we really have no idea what’s going on. That’s why uncertainty isn’t always a bad thing — and some quotes about uncertainty can help you face your fears.

Uncertainty Is Natural

Feeling uncertain is something that everyone experiences. Uncertainty simply means that you’re living life. The beautiful thing about life is that it’s alright to be uncertain — it’s normal. It’s important to know that you’re not alone.

There’s always pressure to know exactly what you want to do with your life, but it’s rare for someone to actually know every step of what they want. To be honest, planning every step of your life isn’t a great way to live it. You have to be flexible and accept what life brings you. Look at any quotes about uncertainty, and you’ll see they talk about relaxing and accepting not knowing what’s coming next.

If you make plans, chances are something is going to mess them up. Focus on the little things that you can control, like taking specific classes that interest you or applying to jobs that you think you’d enjoy. You don’t need a perfect job or something like that to make your life fulfilling.

Have Faith in Yourself

You might realize at some point that the path you thought you always wanted isn’t the right path for you — and that’s fine. The most important thing is that you’re happy and doing things you’re passionate about. It’s not wrong to change your life course if that’s what makes your life worthwhile.

If you keep working hard and pursuing your passions, you’ll end up on the path you’re meant to be on. Simply because it seems like everyone else around you has things figured out completely doesn’t mean you’re doing something wrong. Everyone has their own uncertainties as well — even the people who look like they have it all together. There’s almost always cracks behind the surface.

Use These Quotes About Uncertainty When It Starts To Scare You

“Don’t be afraid to take an unfamiliar path. Sometimes they’re the ones that take you to the best places.”-Unknown

“Be okay with not knowing for sure what might come next, but know that whatever it is, you will be okay.”-Unknown

“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”-John Wooden

“You can’t control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life happen.”-Kody Keplinger

“Don’t call it uncertainty—call it wonder. Don’t call it insecurity—call it freedom.”-Osho

“When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life.”-Eckhart Tolle

“When you try to control everything, you enjoy nothing. Sometimes you just need to relax, breathe, let go and live in the moment.”-Unknown

“Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.”-John Allen Paulos

“Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.”-Denis Waitley

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Embrace the Uncertainty

It’s not something that you’ll ever magically make go away, so learn to accept and embrace it. Enjoy the ride of life and where it takes you. Let uncertainty tell you that you might need to explore some other options for the path you’re on. If you use it to guide you and as a sign to take a second look at things, you could end up happier than if you chose your original path.

Consider your options. If you’ve had your life planned out since you were a child, you will be unsure about some things along the way. It doesn’t have to work out according to your perfect plan. Explore other pathways and see where they take you. It’s fine if you aren’t married by 25 or buying a huge house at 30.

Uncertainty isn’t a bad thing. When you’re feeling lost and unsure, use it as a sign to take a look at your life and see if things are going in a way that’ll make you happy. Read over the quotes above and let them reassure you when things feel overwhelming. You’ll find your right path — and it might require you to go off course.

 

6 COMMENTS

  1. interesting & illuminating! thanks

    one (substantial) problem,though:

    your “No matter what, the shock would happen (or not) in the next 15 seconds,” is ambiguous on whether it will happen sometime w/in the next 15 seconds – or precisely at the end of that period.

    That leaves the reader in a bad epistemological state.
    (unless he’s reading so carefully as to realize explicitly that he doesn’t know which of those 2 possibilities was meant)

    That uncertainty is not resolved until “the last two seconds before delivery”

    (at which point, *I* had go back & re-read the former)
    (because my reading was more like skimming than lawyerly)

  2. Uncertainty were are unprepared for and cannot deal with is Horror.

    Uncertainty we prepare for and can manage is called Stage Fright.

  3. It’s so funny you wrote this… A month or two back I wrote something similar on dealing with the uncertainty of life as I came back from a quarter-year long trip across Europe and faced the question, “How the f*** do I make money and be happy?”. After going through approximately 8 years of becoming an engineer and getting a Master’s degree, I wasn’t sure I really wanted to do it anymore (oops :p).

    Like you I have this huge urge to control things, yet, when you realize you can only control so much you can be so much happier to let life unfold. That, and many times you worry you can’t reverse a decision when many things are reversible.

    I always tend to ask myself “What’s the worst that can happen? How likely is that?” It usually helps put things I worry about in perspective.

    It’s bad when things like perfectionism and control problems combine, because then you don’t want to choose an option for fear of being wrong or it not working out… and then you REALLY struggle!

    But from the sounds of the post it seems like you’ve learned a great deal over the years and are far better at handling whatever life throws at you. Best of luck as the years go on 🙂

  4. The only way out is through. Thank you for sharing your honesty about Law school, it has had a similar effect of disbelief that I could have spent the last 5 years of my life wasted on this soulless path. The uncertainty is part of it but also the human condition and conflicted nature of the beast is a monster to tame. Law is short of laughs and there is no love but many desperate people. We are in desperate times and the rule of law is uncertain in the global village. Im going into my last year to finish off the beast I doubt it will lead to a job or income but I will defeat the monster and rip out its heart. Compliance conformity whatever these places are trying to impose with a first or 2;1 its not intelligence or education. Political indoctrination rewarded by inclusion is what you end up with. In incremental stages which are dictated by some convention which has no interest in you unless you will perform its bidding. Its a f****ing monster not a life! You chose life. I think I will too.

  5. hi, thanks for posting this article. embracing uncertainty is one of the most challenging things to do. absolutely everything has crashed around me, and it’s one of the toughest times of my life and although on many levels I completely trust the universe has my back, its been terrifying and its meant really having to preach what I teach and have blind faith. as an intuitive its been particularly destabilising not getting any signs as to which direction to take, but perhaps part of uncertainty is going through a ‘divine fog’ for a time and not having the answers because we are being tested on how much we truly trust?.

  6. It’s so funny you wrote this… A month or two back I wrote something similar on dealing with the uncertainty of life as I came back from a quarter-year long trip across Europe and faced the question, “How the f*** do I make money and be happy?”. After going through approximately 8 years of becoming an engineer and getting a Master’s degree, I wasn’t sure I really wanted to do it anymore (oops :p).

    Like you I have this huge urge to control things, yet, when you realize you can only control so much you can be so much happier to let life unfold. That, and many times you worry you can’t reverse a decision when many things are reversible.

    I always tend to ask myself “What’s the worst that can happen? How likely is that?” It usually helps put things I worry about in perspective.

    It’s bad when things like perfectionism and control problems combine, because then you don’t want to choose an option for fear of being wrong or it not working out… and then you REALLY struggle

    But from the sounds of the post it seems like you’ve learned a great deal over the years and are far better at handling whatever life throws at you. Best of luck as the years go on 🙂

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