The other night I was discussing our Island Intern contest with a friend of mine who is already hard at work on her video to become our Island Intern, and I was reminded of an article that I hold very close. “The Beauty of Uncertainty” was published in 2004, and I’ve re-read it numerous times every year that passes. It has become a reminder for myself that in life nothing is for certain and frankly, if things were we’d all be bored out of our minds. The real beauty lies within the things we haven’t discovered. The will to explore and flee from the monotonous and certain aspects of life that drive us to new and beautiful things we may have never seen, heard or touched.
Why are the least informed so certain and the thinkers so full of doubt? Our culture is a business and we are the shareholders. We strive to maximize our profits, to eliminate ambiguity in favour of certainty. What is the film we all want to see, what is the book we all want to read, who is the icon we all want to emulate? How can we be different yet all be the same? Amuse us. Distract us. Assure us. Guide us. Tell us what to do and how to do it. Let Martha Stewart design our kitchen, Dr. Phil will raise our kids, Dreamworks will provide our narratives, and ad execs will supply our thoughts. Where can we even find true ambiguity in a world of invented certainty? Who’s dreams are we dreaming? We travel to experience ambiguity. To remind ourselves of the diversity of landscape and the spontaneity of existence. To feel the sheer exhilaration of a new experience. To remind ourselves of the endless possibilities that our lives consist of. The journey we are on is fraught with difficulty. No one here gets out alive. We are constantly challenged to perform, to succeed, to overcome our difficulties and win the race. We come to realize that performance itself answers the challenge. That life is ultimately defined by our difficulties. The race is won in the opportunity to run it. The beauty of uncertainty is that it is ambiguous and ambiguity encourages us to create, search, explore, and travel. As one of us once said, “When you are tired of change, you are weary of life itself.”
My first time reading this article was while I was on the brink of graduating college so you can imagine the mindset this put me in as I was embarking on corporate life, water cooler talk and Friday doughnuts. The beauty here is that there are endless people and places to experience and new cultures to embrace. What’s for certain is we’re all here for only a short period of time, so now is the time and like the article says, “follow your bliss”.
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