The colour of different leaves.
Frequency of waves.
Perspectives of others.
Whether colleagues understand your work (or think that music therapy is about teaching kids how to play instruments *roll eyes*).
Whether a kid will suddenly decide to hit you in the face because he was prevented from licking lotion (haha yes happened yesterday).
We probably could take measures to address or pre-empt some things, but still, it would be a lot less painful if we truly accepted that there is an infinity of variables we could not control or address even if we wanted to.
And in a way, living life with that kind of surrender can be quite liberating.
It means I can still do my best, without worrying about what the outcomes say about my abilities or skills, because we cannot control all the variables.
It means I can still strive to improve myself, but be gentle with my own pace and progress, because we cannot control all the variables.
It means I can meet whatever problems I may face head on, without necessarily blaming myself (or others) for their occurrence, because we cannot control all the variables.
“The secret of life is… Everything is out of control.”