Uncertainty: A Double-Edged Sword

Uncertainty is a double-edged sword. Let's look at the concept of uncertainty from two different angles. We will consider its role as a forerunner of both anxiety and hope.

Uncertainty: A Double-Edged Sword


Uncertainty is an interesting thing. Not knowing what's around the corner can be simultaneously frightening and exciting. Let's talk about both sides.

Uncertainty and Worry 


The link between uncertainty and worry is perhaps the most relatable out of the two concepts discussed in this post. When we don't know, we worry. Why? Because uncertainty makes us feel powerless.


On a small scale, it makes me think of all the students in the UK who have written GCSE exams and are waiting for the results to come out in a few weeks. Uncertainty creates nervousness, especially when you're waiting on receiving certain news before you can move on with something else.


The concept of uncertainty and worry also makes me think of a blog post I wrote recently about 31 Positive Reasons Why Someone Might Be Staring At You. Uncertainty plays a huge role with that because usually when we don't know what others are thinking (we can't read minds), we worry and assume the worst. Be sure to check that post out if you haven't already.


We feel so much more comfortable when we have full information about what's going on and get a heads up about what's coming ahead. Perhaps you can think of issues related to uncertainty that come up frequently in your mind and make you a bit nervous. There's always something isn't there?


So yes, uncertainty and worry is an angle we are very much used to. But recently I've been thinking about how uncertainty can also be quite beneficial. There's no doubt that uncertainty tends to stir up strong feelings, whether that's worry or maybe...


Hope.


Uncertainty and Hope


Uncertainty is a double-edged sword and hope is at the other end of worry. Hope is a powerful emotion that branches out from uncertainty and one that we greatly cherish when we are at our lowest points in life.


When the world around you is falling apart, at least you can close your eyes and use uncertainty to your favour. Uncertainty is the palette and optimism is the pigment with which you can paint the canvas of your imagination.


When the future seems shaky and uncertain, hope arises with a consoling power to help you create the future you cannot see. Working through the lens of uncertainty, we are motivated to paint that future bigger and brighter than all the concrete realities that surround us currently.


None of us can see the exact path from our birth to our death, and that uncertainty allows us to dream, to live a little and envision possibilities that lift the spirit and inspire our life course. 


This applies to anything from what colour Smartie you'll get out first, which teacher you'll get next term or what you could be when you grow up.


On another level, it's also this edge of uncertainty that soothes you as you cry yourself to sleep at night. We all get to a point where we finally close our eyes and paint a prettier picture.


Sometimes, uncertainty is a gift. 


As much as uncertainty is the "What if this goes wrong?" voice that nags you when you feel anxious, uncertainty is also the voice that quietly whispers:


"What if tomorrow is better than today?"


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