Nothing Is Guaranteed

“…Before this year, I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect time,’ but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed. My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world. That’s the side of uncertainty I can get on board with.”

Taylor Swift

This year has reminded me that nothing is guaranteed.

The entire world can upend. The things we took for granted, that we never fathomed could be taken away, were suddenly halted. 

We’ve had to alter the way we interact as a society. Rethink and retool. It’s very possible some of the things we enjoyed most about daily life won’t be coming back for a long time. 

And on its face, it seems dire (it is). But, it’s always dire. 

Nothing in this world is certain. It never has been. We’re just getting a healthy dose of reality at this moment. 

And you can lament (it’s OK if you do), but if nothing is guaranteed, at what point does it become counterproductive?

What if instead, you practiced acting indifferent?

There is power in learning to be indifferent. 

You aren’t married to a particular outcome. But, you also enjoy what you have when you have it because you realize that it won’t always last. 

You learn to enjoy the present without needing it to reamain as it is. Because, change is inevitable. 

So, instead of waiting for the perfect time to do something worth doing or sharing your gift with the world, you just do it. Because, the world could turn upside down overnight. 

With nothing guaranteed, you’re challenged to strengthen youreself, to recognize the need to work on skills that help you endure and be resilient.

But that doesn’t mean you actively hope it gets worse, rather you find appreciation in the beauty of now. The fact that it’s fleeting and impermanent means it is something that requires your presence, because you know it won’t last forever.

But, there is no sense in lamenting change – doing so robs you of the present. And when things change, you are indifferent, because you know that it too is impermanent.

So, yes, it’s dire right now. And will continue to be. 

But, there’s opportunity.

To endure.

To be resilient.

To find moments worth living in the present for. 

Because, none of it will last forever. 

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