We get so stressed about what could go wrong, that we almost will it to happen. It is Murphy’s Law – anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Yet actually what does go wrong is something completely different, usually something unforeseen. So then (as Mark Knopfler said) why worry.
Travelling from Dakar to Cape Verde, Senegal Airlines went bankrupt five days before my flight leaving me stranded for a day in Dakar and resulted in taking two four hour flights instead of the planned one hour trip. Coming back from Nordkapp, my flights from Honningsvåg were cancelled due to inclement weather, meaning a two hour coach ride, an overnight stay in the middle of nowhere and then another coach ride for three hours and further missed connections. What’s the problem? I got to my destination eventually and enjoyed the revised itinerary.
There is a saying that we only regret what we didn’t do, not what we did do. Whilst I don’t fully subscribe to that, there is an element of truth in that if we never take any risks, we will never do anything.