Day 512: Up in the Air

“Up in the air” means

(of a plan or issue) still to be settled; unresolved.
“the fate of the power station is up in the air”

… according to Google.

Because of the way my mind works, I’m now wondering why the fate of the power station (in the example, above) is up in the air. Perhaps that has to do with what kind of power station it is, where it’s located, and other factors.

I’ll never know. So I guess that’s up in the air, too.

I’ve written before, here, about dealing with uncertainty. Indeed, that’s another possible title for this blog: “The Year(s) of Living With Uncertainty.” Because we all deal with uncertainty, all the time, don’t we?

Right now, you might be up in the air, regarding which uncertainties are on my mind. Right now, I’m aware of uncertainties regarding:

  • health
  • work
  • relationships
  • home

But if we look into the future, uncertainties regarding all those things are always there, in some way, aren’t they? And depending on how we define the scope of each item on the above list, the uncertainties might change.

For example, we might define the scope of “home” to be our residence, our neighborhood, our country, our planet, the universe …

Eeeek!  That felt a little overwhelming.

Here’s another example. I might define my health to include my diet, specifically, what should I eat, this morning, that will (1) give me energy and (2) do no harm — to me or anybody else?

Eeeek!  That felt a little overwhelming.

I also want to let my readers know that — despite my Eeeek!’s — I am not worried about things, right now, despite inevitable uncertainties.

Why not?  Actually, I’m up in the air about that, too.

Let me see if my iPhone photos will give me any clues.

Here’s one:


Yesterday, I included that photo in Day 511: All-request Weekend.  When I took that picture — two days ago in Cambridge MA — I was trying to capture someone who was up in the air, in a different way.

If you look closely at the shadows, I think you’ll see it, too.

Somehow, every time I look at that picture, I am the opposite of worried.

I’m afraid I’m going to have to leave the “opposite of worried” up in the air, right now. I have to go up in the air and prepare to depart the place where I live.

Wow!  That last sentence is really ambiguous, isn’t it?

Rather than leave you up in the air about that, here’s my meaning: I need to end this post, go upstairs, get ready for work, and leave my home.

Is there more I could write about this?  Of course!  Are there questions unanswered?  Always!

Where ARE all those unexpressed words and thoughts?


Thanks to anything and everybody that’s up in the air, in any way, right now. Oh, and thanks to people who are down-to-earth, too.  Of course, I thank you, especially, for dropping by.

Nope. There are no footnotes, today. While I had a few while composing this post, I moved them all up (in the air).


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14 thoughts on “Day 512: Up in the Air

  1. You make me smile and lift my spirits…. yup… you guessed it… up in the air! 🙂

  2. The power station is up on your shoulders, Ann, every day. You gave us another wheelie good post today, up in the air like a LeBron James dunk.

  3. I feel very up in the air myself at this moment. Thanks for a timely post! ;oP

  4. I like how you describe being up in the air Ann. It can be fun …. and is a part of life!
    If the air was water we’d be riding the wave. Get the wind surfboard out 😉

  5. Although I hate to generalize, I think this is major difference between conservatives and liberals, which exist in every society. Since change is inevitable, uncertainty is certain. 🙂 There are those who embrace that, and those that don’t and try to preserve things the way that they are. It never works and those people often end up being stressed by the uncertainty even more than if they just embraced the fact that the future is always uncertain. You get used to it, and to me this is part of growing older. When one fails to embrace uncertainty one only ends up missing the great surprises that uncertainty can bring too. 🙂 I am glad you are not cowering in fear from uncertainty. 🙂

    • I’m glad I’m not cowering in fear, too. Instead, I’m admiring, in Boston, another great comment from you.

  6. The photo “up in the air” is great. Was this a chance photo or planned?

    • I’m glad you like the photo! When I started walking down Cambridge’s Memorial Drive (closed to traffic on Sundays during nicer weather), I spotted the guy on the bike doing the wheelie. I took a photo of him as soon as possible, and that was the result.

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