Challenging the Unknown

You don’t know what you don’t know — so don’t be afraid to look for it.

I had just finished driving through a blizzard on my way home, and I couldn’t help but think how scary it was. My car was slipping and sliding through the snow building up on the roads and I could barely see out of the windshield of my car. I drove slowly, lest I hit something, yet my mind kept playing out the worst case scenarios.

I began to think about how this relates to the challenges that we face in life. Being 23, I’m in the prime stage of what society has coined as adulting. It’s used to describe a period of metamorphosis in which the millennial generation is entering the workforce, and seeing the realities of what the world really is. I think it gives us an appreciation of how hard it can be for our parents everyday — very humbling indeed.

So, with this change comes a myriad of different feelings and I’m fascinated by the fear of the unknown. Just like I was driving through the blizzard with the dotted lines of the lane appearing and disappearing sporadically, we, for the first time, don’t really know what the “right” or “correct” path to walk is. It tends to swing in and out of focus.

Unlike our parents, we have more options than ever before. We are hit with a blizzard of ideas day in and day out. We are agile thinkers because of the relentless pace of change that the world is experiencing.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain

I liked this quote because it helps me resolve my anxiety and discomfort, especially when I feel stuck and in a rut. It’s okay to give ourselves a break from thinking about what we don’t have and do what we haven’t dared yet to do. Turning the blizzard of ideas into a sequential set of actions is what I strive to do.

So, I wanted to share how I address the fear of the unknown in the hopes of reaching those who might be dealing with the same feelings. More than anything, for those who are worried, you are not alone.

  1. Love the Unknown: For me this means taking advantage of each and every single moment to do something. Whether that be reading a book, writing a blog post, talking to a friend, connecting with family or working on the projects I have on my plate. There seems to be so much time, but so little in hindsight as the years start rushing by. I never really know if what I’m doing will get me to my end destination, but I’ll never know if I don’t try.
  2. What do I want?: This is a question if asked continuously will help you course correct when you’re feeling unhappy. Few of us really know what it is we want for the rest of our lives. It, like us, is always subject to change, because we are experiencing new things every minute of every day. The answer will help provide the boost when things don’t seem to be going the way you wanted them to, because you’re working towards the bigger goal.
  3. Mentors: I can’t stress this enough. Find and seek out mentors. Those you respect, admire and look up to are the most valuable resources when you’re feeling lost. You don’t know what you don’t know. They do. I have the utmost gratitude for those that have helped me along my journey and I look forward to passing that along.

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