What I learned from the US Election (and Brexit)

A couple of frightened figures

I have to admit that, living in the UK, the result of last week’s US Presidential Election won’t have as much direct impact on me as it does on people who live in the States. However, there is an important lesson that we can all take away from the US Election, and from this year’s UK Brexit referendum.

You see, what we have to understand is that we don’t really have control of the World around us, and, therefore, that World can change at any time, whether for the better or for the worse. It’s not always going to ask us for permission to change, and even if it does, it still might not change in the way that we want it to.

The World can change in so many ways

We’re all well aware that political elections don’t always go the way that we expect them to, regardless of how much of a certainty one particular result seems. However, our world can change in so many other ways too.

When people in North-Eastern Japan left home on the morning of 11th March 2010, they didn’t realise that their life could be changed forever on that day by a natural disaster. Likewise, people heading off to work in New York City on 11th September 2001 didn’t realise how their life might be impacted by the man-made events of that fateful day.

It’s not hard to argue that those two tragic events were more devastating than the result of any election, yet many people still have their lives thrown into turmoil by political events.

The Solution

The upshot of all this is that we need to develop an adaptable nature, and we have to try to live our lives in such a way that we can overcome, through our own efforts, the events that are thrown at us.

Too many people wait for the World to change to suit them, rather than changing themselves to suit the world in which they have to live. They lament about how their life would be so much better if their boss would just give them a pay rise, or if a certain political party got into power.

If you wait for the World to change by itself, it might never happen, or, worse still, it might change in the opposite way to how you wanted it to. Perhaps the wrong political party will win, or perhaps instead of giving you a pay rise, your boss tells you that the company is in bad shape and that you’re going to be made redundant.

Therefore, we must create an adaptable mindset for ourselves, and we must plan our lives in such a way that we can ride out the bad times without falling to pieces. It’s not always easy, and if things are going well, it’s easy to get complacent about the way things are, but as recent events have proven, it’s the intelligent thing to do.

Regardless of your political views, if that’s a lesson that you can take away from the US Election and Brexit, then at least that’s something.