It's time to get used to uncertainty
It’s been well over a month since the Brexit decision, and for many of us these last few weeks have gone by in a bit of a blur, preoccupied by the post-referendum political and emotional fall-out.
And before I go on, I apologise in advance to those of you who either were pretty happy with the referendum result or who don’t live in the UK and couldn’t care less about the emotional state of us people in Britain. But while this issue has been written against the backdrop of the political changes in this country, its message is transferrable to any situation of change and uncertainty. And there are plenty of those around. So please do read on.
Back to Brexit. Like many, I’ve had numerous Brexit conversations since the vote. I’ve talked to Remainers, Brexiteers and the occasional Bregretter. And no matter how hard I tried to stay clear of the Brexit topic, it seemed impossible to avoid, as many people are still struggling to come to terms with the decision.
I couldn’t help but mentally pull out the Kubler-Ross change curve, realising that everyone is working their way through the stages of change at a different speed. While most seem to have left ‘denial’ behind (“Surely this hasn’t really happened?”), many seem to be firmly stuck in ‘anger’ (“How could they?”) and ‘bargaining’ (“Let’s have another referendum!”). As a German immigrant who has called Britain home for over 13 years, I can relate to all of these thoughts and feelings.
And it’s been hugely distracting - both from a personal but also from a professional perspective.
So while the sense of unease, stress and fear of the future is real for so many, we cannot let it rule our lives - particularly because we are likely to be in this state for far, far longer.