Apart from death and taxes, what is the one certainty in life? Wet bank holidays? The X-Factor being rubbish? No, it's uncertainty.
While we do everything we can in the affluent West to try and make our lives 'certain' – studying hard for a well-paid career for life, buying a house that will hopefully increase in value – the fact that is uncertainty is an inconvenient truth we have to learn how to accept.
That well-paid career might turn out to be soul-destroying, the company you have loyally served might tank, or the housing market might crash (just ask the Irish). I recently visited Bosnia, and was moved by the numerous bombed-out houses in the countryside.
Their owners had probably lived there for generations, and expected their kids would, too. Then the former Yugoslavia collapsed through a quirk of history, and everything goes to hell.
Accepting uncertainly doesn't need to make you melancholy, withdrawn and pessimistic, it can actually make you a wiser, less anxious and more compassionate person. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Lifehacker.
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