The path less traveled is so uncertain it will desecrate you if you let it. This is, above all, what I’ve learned: the ability to nurture the uncertainty that resides within. It isn’t going to go away, so I embrace it and keep going. After all, uncertainty is the primary catalyst by which our journeys almost never go according to plan. This, I see now, is not a burden. It’s an opportunity.

TIM LAWRENCE, Quit Your Job blogpost

We humans don’t love the idea of uncertainty. We like a plan, we like foreseeable outcomes, we like routine. The known is more favourable than the unknown. We are genetically wired to resist change and shy away from disarray.

The majority of the population will live a life that promotes steering clear of major risk. We follow the path most travelled. Society has ushered us to live this way from a very early age.

It is the path many before us have been down before, we anticipate the challenges and generally speaking, know what to expect. Our lives, if we chose to follow that path, is charted territory.

I know myself, I like when things have a beginning, middle and end. I like having answers to questions. Is there a problem? Let’s solve it and move on. You’re either in or you’re out. It’s black or it’s white – I completely struggle with grey.

That’s why this quote resonated with me so much.

If you think about it, when was the last time life actually went according to plan?

Maybe a life with all the answers is the recipe for a pretty boring life?

Maybe it is in this uncertainty, that we all try so hard to avoid, that we truly live the life we are supposed to be living.

Maybe the uncertainty and plot twists are life’s way of telling us it has a different plan for us. When was the last time you paid attention to this rather than fought it?

This concept makes me very curious. I want to lean into it more. I’ve always questioned the idea of having a a life that society tells me I have to. To me that is a square peg, round hole type of scenario.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m by no means a reformed ‘Type A’, control-freak. I like my challenges wrapped up and questions answered. I like loose ends tied up and wrapped in a pretty bow. But I’m slowly learning to relinquish this control, because in the end we don’t have that much control to begin with.

I’m opening up to the uncertainty.

I’m interested in that path less travelled.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference
-Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

One Comment Add yours

  1. robert.b says:

    As someone who is that exact “Type A” control freak of a person. This resonates strongly with exactly why I am looking to travel. Forcing me to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. To be comfortable with not establishing a detailed plan or knowing exactly what I am going to be doing and thinking. Cheers to this post, it’s great!

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