Our fears of the unknown are fears of growth. That interaction on the street that could’ve been but you were too scared to make eye contact. The impulse to try a new activity but you keep procrastinating. The unknown is the invisible friend from childhood that you slowly lost touch with but is still waiting for you, lovingly, to step into it’s embrace. We’ve all been trained to fear the unknown, and to cut it out of our lives. We need to know how people think about us. Need to know where our next check is going to come from. Need to know where we’re going to be in 3–5 years. Need to know the ROI of each investment. We’re looking for certainty from companies, governments, our friends, and ourselves.
Now, more than ever, the unknown looms ahead in the next 5–10 years. The monetary system is changing. Trust in our current democratic structures seems to be at an all time low. People hunger for change. But this change comes with a large dose of the unknown. New ways of buying, living, voting, saving, and building communities present exciting opportunities for those who are used to playing with the unknown. For those that cling to certainty, it’s all incredibly scary and new. If we continue to cling to certainty and choose to let fear keep us away from the unknown, there will likely come a time where there’s nothing left to cling to, and we’re thrown into the depths of massive systemic change on a social, political, and environmental level, unprepared.
With certainty we miss out on infinite possibilities. Sure, some of those possibilities contain less pleasant and potentially downright harmful situations. But I’d bet my existence that the force which created us guides us to love when we face the unknown with faith. Faith in ourselves, faith in love. It sounds very woo-woo, but just ask Michael Singer, the Author of the Surrender Experiment what happens when you surrender to life (he co-created one of the most successful healthcare tech companies in the world, a 250+ acre meditation center, and beat a manipulative lawsuit from a former employee).
The beautiful thing about the unknown is that it lies in every moment, around every corner of our life. We don’t need to embrace it by disconnecting from everything that’s stable and consistent in our life. We can embrace it in little but meaningful ways, like taking a different route or mode of transportation to your favorite destination. Maybe it looks like tapping in with a new community once a month. Doing things that are new, going places you haven’t gone before, and meeting people you haven’t met before are all instances of dancing with the unknown.
How do you dance with the unknown? Let me know in the comments 👁.