The unknown is intimidating for most of us. It’s what keeps us stuck in the same patterns, day-in and day-out, despite imagining we’d prefer things to be different. And when unpleasant situations are thrust upon us, beyond our control, it’s natural for our minds to then spiral into worst-case scenarios, as we try to protect ourselves from any fall-out. But in doing so, in focusing only on the negative aspects of our lives, we rob ourselves of the opportunity to dream of something new and better.

Choosing instead to be hopeful allows for the potential of good, or even great, to appear in our view. So while not knowing can be difficult, it’s in these moments, especially, when we really need to expand our vision to include all of the best possible places we might go.