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On having the courage to NOT know or have the answer

Have you ever felt pressure to get the right answer? To KNOW what you’re going to say before you say it? To KNOW you’re not going to sound stupid when you open your mouth? To know more than everyone else around?

I have.

That mindset “visits” me every day… sometimes affecting everything I do, and other times just serving as a reminder of my desire to not “live” there.

Of all the possible things to know in the universe, I KNOW very little of them. The place that is “all that I know” is tiny… and is not so intriguing. It’s safe, known, certain, comfortable, but it’s also the place within which I get to be “right”, because THESE are the things I know.

But the WAY MORE interesting place to hang out is in the realm of the UNKNOWN. It’s a place where curiosity, wonder, inquisitiveness, awe, surprise, and uncertainty live. It’s a place of infiniteness, of expansion, and growth. But it’s also risky there.

Culturally, I’ve learned over my life that the place I should aspire to be is the safe one, the land of the known, the place I can be RIGHT.

But now I realize that that place is full of limitations… I want to hang out in the “land of the unknown” – and to do that, I must embrace NOT KNOWING.

🧐 🧐 How about you? Where do you hang out? How comfortable are you “not knowing”?
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