This may be a sobering thought for most but it is the truth. Look at the last 6 months we have lived through during the pandemic. Is quarantine for the majority of the world’s population something we would have expected 9 months ago? It was an unexpected upheaval in our lives and led to more uncertainty around our health, our relationships, our jobs and our finances.
And although we did not expect what 2020 has brought us so far, if we we look back upon our lives, we start to realize that uncertainty is the nature of life and it is rarely comfortable. Ask somebody who has just been in a car accident, has had their spouse suddenly leave them or has just been given bad news by their physician.
In fact, if you scrutinize your life, you will find that there are certainly periods of joy and happiness, such as when you get together with family and friends, celebrate your children’s milestones, go on vacation or get a promotion at work. However, comfort is not the norm in our lives for several reasons. The first is that in order to achieve any of your goals or ambitions, you have to step outside of your comfort zone. The second is that, your life is not meant to conform to your expectations of how it should unfold.
There is a famous saying, ‘Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans.’ This is because the only truths about our lives are that they are always subject to change and death is inevitable and neither of these truths are comfortable. It is only by embracing the unknown that we will learn to live in peace and serenity with the uncertainty of life and its inherent nature of discomfort.
The truth is that nobody has ever grown or evolved while remaining in their comfort zone. So go forth boldly in your life and realize that your life is not meant to be comfortable and this is, not only the nature of life, but how you learn life’s greatest lessons and grow in wisdom as you travel your path in the glorious journey of life.
Dr. Nauman Naeem