In a world where we are obsessed with power and control – with us trying to control almost everything, including things like death, which seemed impossible to control till a few years ago – one of the toughest things to encounter is the unknown. And almost all of us, no matter how at ease with uncertainty we seem to pretend to be.
There will certainly be moments in our life when each of us would stand at the edge of our knowledge staring at the unknown. You would know for sure that you can’t take a step back, yet would have no clue about where to place the next one. In those moments of utter helplessness, moments that demand vulnerability, moments when your mind shoots questions for which no one has answers, be willing to not know, to stumble, to bow before the unknown.
“Be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up where you are. You have been stony for too many years.
Try something different. Surrender.” ~ Rumi
For some of us these might be the most terrifying moments in our life. But trust me, once you walk through them, you will realize that these are the moments that help you connect to yourself, to something beyond you and to life – beyond logic, plans, and deadlines.
If you’re confused and don’t know how you’re going to move forward, worry not, my friend. Life always has a plan for you. All it takes from your side is to listen to its voice. If you can’t hear it yet, you soon will. Till then, you need to have a little faith and a lot of patience.
Till then, you don’t have try to make sense of this unknown. You don’t have to buy into your mind’s story of what the unknown looks like, what your future looks like. It will try all its tricks to scare you, but don’t fall for them. Let the unknown remain unknown, till it reveals itself before you.
The unknown need not be a scary place. It doesn’t have to be a feeling of defeat. The unknown can be anything, and it can truly take you anywhere. You just need to make sure that you do not give up and that you don’t let ‘not knowing’ stop you from acting on the things that still are under your control.
And I’m willing to bet, the last smile will be yours.