When we don’t know the meaning of a word, what do we do? we look it up.
When we don’t know how to cook a particular complicated meal, what do we do we? we google it, potentially call our mom… we tap our network and the resources we do know to find a solution to a problem we’re trying to solve.
Everything in life works this way. we just think about life and “what we want to do” as this uber complex problem to solve. it doesn’t help that we grow up being asked “what are you going to be when you grow up?”
As we age, people ask “what are you doing with your life?” there’s an expectation that we should know exactly what we want to do before we do it. where’s the logic in that? we grow up feeling like we should know the answer to a question we haven’t yet experienced.
The truth is, no one really knows what they’re doing. some people are really good at predicting but we don’t know for certain until it happens.
So how do we find out? we go, experience and find answers. we spend our time discovering answers in lieu of wondering what we want to do.
Uncertainty is an opportunity, not a challenge. when we feel lost, we’re emotionally reacting to uncertainty. instead, embrace uncertainty. not knowing how things will unfold is what makes discovery exciting and exhilarating.