"we can get back the economic loss but we can’t bring back life"
Have you ever noticed that you can never get a 100% guarantee from people? They always leave themselves a bit wriggle room. This doesn’t make them untrustworthy or that what they’re saying isn’t true, they simply don’t have a choice.
If you cast your minds back a few months, all the headlines read what at the time appeared quite morbid, but in hindsight was a midsummer nights dream - BREXIT.
One of the main talking points was the lack of uncertainty that Brexit caused. Everyone was screaming - say this next bit in a really high pitch, nasally tone - “we need more assurance, we need more certainty”.
And then BOOOMM …. CORONAVIRUS, LOCKDOWN. And just like that, everybody’s plans flew out the window. What’s the takeaway? As with anything, it’s all about perspective.
You could see it as a disruption and a nuisance, OR you could see it as a reminder about priorities, and a window into the truth about uncertainty.
The truth about certainty is that there is no such thing. Uncertainty can bring forth the fear of the unknown, but there’s beauty in that. A new idea that transforms a situation, a new friend to help you through a time of crisis or the whispering inmate who helps you escape from jail. You can never be absolutely certain, and even if you believe something with every fibre of your being you can only be 99.9% sure. Uncertainty is the vehicle to greatness - we admire individuals who walk into the abyss with doubt, fear and inexperience only to emerge confident, proud and accomplished.
We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, but ask yourself ‘would you really want to?’. Sure it may be fun at first, you’d be ahead of the curve, but if you think you’re bored now it’s incomparable.
Right now we’re all at home to support our healthcare system and save lives. Yesterday they said that "we can get back the economic loss but we can’t bring back life”, hence why we’re in the situation we’re in. No matter what you do - how passionate you are about it, how much money you make doing it and how many lives you impact because of it - it’s not more indispensable than life itself.
When you’re faced with adversity and uncertainty, see it as a stepping stone to greatness and remember that life - your life - is of far more value that any job, business or project. So when things don’t go your way, if you’re still alive take a deep breath, count your blessings and remember ... it’s not that important.