If we’ve learned anything over these past couple of years – it is that nothing is absolutely certain.
Even the best laid plans can go to waste when the world just jumps up and decides to spin in another direction.
As humans – we’ve gone through a tremendous amount of ordeals in our history on Earth.
We’ve endured wars, natural disasters, economical hardships, evolution, revolution, endemics, pandemics, birth, life, death and more.
The resume in which we’ve established as a species is beyond impressive.
And not always for the best reasons.
In our own individual lives we have a tendency to learn from our mistakes.
Mistakes definitely happen, but we take it upon ourselves to use them as learning opportunities when and if possible, and grow from them.
We learn that there is almost always a better way, or at least a different way.
Unfortunately our individual mindsets and actions don’t always communicate with our friends, neighbours, or even ancestors.
If so, our ancestors would have been the ones to make the original ‘mistake’, and what they learned and how they grew would have in a sense been passed on to the next generation.
And while there is some truth to the theory that we have learned from others mistakes, as a species we do tend to make some pretty major decisions with sometimes devastating results, over and over again.
And if this were not true, things such as war wouldn’t exist.
Because essentially we would have learned from the first war, and applied what we found out to future solutions.
With this said, everyone has their own way of doing things and thats what makes us unique as individuals.
Even children tend to make the same mistakes their parents did – even after a parent tries their best to instil in their child what they have themselves learned.
Sometimes lessons are best learned by repeating the past. By making the mistakes ourselves.
First hand knowledge is irreplaceable right?
And a world so volatile and unpredictable such as the one that we live in, we’re bound to make mistakes.
If things were constant and structured – things would for the most part be a lot easier.
You would know for example at exactly 2:57pm in five and a half weeks time, exactly what you would be doing.
You’d be able to look at your fundamental structure and plan and you would just know.
Life would be so clearly defined and labeled, that it would leave nothing for chance.
However we are all very well aware that this is certainly not the case.
Life isn’t predictable.
While we can structure, plan, organize and educate ourselves as best as we possibly can – things can change.
And in light of last second change and the absence of firm absolute planning – mistakes can and will happen.
Most humans tend to thrive on consistency and structure.
A lot of us love knowing that in exactly seven weeks from now, we’ll be doing exactly what we set our hearts on.
But we go back to the fact that nothing is certain.
Natural disasters, pandemics, wars – these are things we live with.
Those things we read about in history books growing up, they have become the reality in which we live in today.
However when nothing is certain, this means that anything is possible.
We don’t have to dwell on the darkness of a situation.
We are allowed to sit in the bleak for a moment but then we have to forge ahead.
See what other opportunities are presenting themselves in this exact moment of fluidity.
Anything is possible.
Our lives tomorrow, next week, next month – next year.
Anything could happen.
And when it feels like the rug may be pulled out from underneath you, maybe it is because the rug was hiding something better.
Like when you’re renovating an old house and you pry up that dank and dusty shag lime green carpet to find the most beautiful and intricately laid hardwood floor.
Perfectly intact and just waiting for the rug to be swept away.
So the next time we’re hit with the harsh reality is that nothing is certain and the best laid plans may go to waste – remember that with that – anything is possible.
If only we look hard enough, and dream big enough, the possibilities are endless.
Guest Blogger Rayna Davies
Rayna is the Office Manager at Sentinel Security, as well as the main blog contributor.
With foundations firmly routed in Business administration, Customer Service, and Management, she brings years of experience to her roles both within the Sentinel office, and the blog.
Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details. These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities.
Her passions include spending time with her husband and two young children, world travel, reading, writing, and pushing herself to always look for the silver lining.