Revelling in Uncertainty, Change, and Drama

by Nora on August 1, 2013


I’ve been in a period of great change for many months – even a year if you include my decision to switch gears and develop a home base in Grenada.


But life isn’t all settled down and hunky dory just yet. In addition to ongoing accident recovery and legal battles, I have more than my share of drama to contend with – dramas of mine and others that affect me.


This is life.

We all have dramas, and periods of change. These times in our lives are character-shaping, and who I am now is so many miles away from who I was when I was…so many miles away.

I continue to reflect on the gifts that are enclosed in these dramas; gifts of wisdom, experience, confidence, and a range of emotions that remind me that I’m human.


I’m excited about change. I like it. (This isn’t surprising, given my propensity for changing careers through my 20s, followed by my adoption of an ever-changing nomadic lifestyle).


I don’t even mind the dramas (I’d rather call them adventures) that are thrown in the way amidst changing times; it’s part of the process, and I’m innately confident that I can land on my feet (a least eventually).


What excites me about changing times, is the uncertainty. What lies around the next corner? What opportunity will avail itself next – even if the opportunity looks like a roadblock?


Most people shy away from uncertainty; I try hard to revel in it.


Given my lifestyle, anything can happen. (Just about).

Next month, I could be on safari in Africa. I could be fishing with my partner in Nova Scotia. I could be house-sitting in Panama. I could be lounging in Switzerland. Or I could be here in Grenada.


It’s fun to wonder what’s around the next corner, because I have the freedom to embrace it – whatever it is – and that is very empowering.


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1 Wil @ Where's Wil August 1, 2013 at 10:18 pm

The first big uncertain moment in my relatively new nomadic life was when I arrived in Myanmar alone, without my companion whom had all the information and plans. I was in an airport alone, with absolutely no information on where I was or where I wanted to go and though at first stressful, it changed me. Embracing the uncertainty creates experiences and memories that will stay with you forever …and it makes you stronger.


2 theprofessionalhobo August 2, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Hi Wil – I can relate to that fear and uncertainty. Where was your companion? And what did you do?


3 Wil @ Where's Wil August 2, 2013 at 10:19 pm

My companion had her date confused and was unable to get a visa in Bangkok and was stuck there for longer then I could wait in Yangon. Though we’d planned to eventually meet up in Myanmar, changing plans and a lack of communication prevented it.

I ended up talking to people.

I found out some of what there was to do and went with the flow. Sometimes I formed groups with other travelers, or even locals I had befriended (the best thing to do) and other times I was very much alone.

It was all easier to deal with then I would have anticipated before this experience.

At one point, I found myself at a bus station where everyone was asking me “Where you go?” and they couldn’t comprehend my reply of “I don’t know”. Pick a random destination, hop on, enjoy.


4 theprofessionalhobo August 3, 2013 at 10:45 am

It’s a very freeing experience if we embrace it! Glad you found the silver lining.
I too – in many contexts – have gotten confused reactions when I tell people I don’t know where I’m going next. It’s half the fun!


5 Andi of My Beautiful Adventures August 1, 2013 at 10:42 pm

I love that you call dramas adventures!!!!!


6 theprofessionalhobo August 2, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Ha ha – I’m a glass-is-half-full kind of girl! 🙂


7 Christine |GRRRL TRAVELER August 3, 2013 at 7:07 am

Nice post! I try to revel in uncertainty too. Most times. But sometimes when it’s too too uncertian, I don’t revel. I just try not to get terrified. lol. Just trying to roll with the punches without getting punched.


8 theprofessionalhobo August 3, 2013 at 10:46 am

Christine – Well, I guess the saying “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” is a valid testament to the value of at least a little certainty in our lives!


9 John Bardos August 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I feel the same way.

The most enjoyable times of my life have been when there was the most uncertainty and was I working the hardest.

Life gets boring very quickly when everything is safe and secure.


10 theprofessionalhobo August 6, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Hi John – Ha ha….it’s good to know I’m not alone! Yay for uncertainty!


11 Cheryl August 7, 2013 at 3:32 am

I agree – the best adventures usually start with drama so just embrace it! You will at least get a great story from it all! We always try to await the next “thing” that presents itself as an opportunity and just be open to giving it a try. It has worked so far..


12 theprofessionalhobo August 7, 2013 at 11:12 am

Hey Cheryl – and the best adventures…..make for the best stories! It’s a win-win for everybody. 🙂


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