On uncertainty

I’m moving away a bit from today’s prompt, because I want to share something on uncertainty.

Even when the world around us is bringing us deterministic prediction models based on sophisticated AI/ML technologies, we still find it difficult to predict the future. The world around us keeps giving advices. No one expected a global pandemic, but here we are, with no end in sight, even after two years.

Uncertainty is a part and parcel of life, and it will continue to be. Even the most capable soothsayer, or the most brilliant analyst will ever come close to making sense of what lies ahead. They may come close to finding a pattern or getting a thing or two right. But, will they ever really figure things out? I doubt it.

The good thing though, is that while we cannot do anything about uncertainity, we can choose how we react to it.

Sure, most of our reactions are involuntary and tied in with our subconscious mind which itself relies on our life experiences. But we have control over our conscious mind, and to a certain extent, can control our reactions to uncertainity.

Uncertainty could be fun. There, I’ve said it.

Won’t you feel bored if you know what’s going to happen in the very next moment? The next minute? The next day? Sure! You might feel excited at first, but as time passes you are bound to get bored, at some point in time.

It is the uncertainty that adds spice to your life. You might live long enough to be a space tourist on moon, or you could get hit on the head with a brick the very next day. You could be sipping tequila by a beach in Ibiza, or be freezing in the wilderness at Antarctica. You might win the Nobel Peace Prize or you might end up teaching Math at a high school. Who knows what the future leads for us?

Will there be an earthquake tomorrow morning, or will you be greeted by a glorious sunrise? Would you pass by your crush on your morning commute, or would you trip and hit your nose on your way to work? Would the world end tomorrow, or would you end up living for the next 1000 years as a metahuman?

The possibilities are endless. ✨

And what makes it more exciting is that what you do today, gives you a real shot at crafting that tomorrow, even if you don’t know how it is going to look like.

So, go seize the day!


This post was written as part of the Bloganuary challenge of WordPress.com. Bloganuary is a month-long challenge, where bloggers are challenged to write a new blog post every day, based on a daily writing prompt. You will need a WordPress.com account to get the prompts, but you can blog on any platform of your choice – OR even journal privately. Oh btw, there is no bloganuary police – so you can pick your own prompts if you wish to!

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