Most people don’t even do worst-case scenario planning for their projects at work, and very few people do them for their lives. But doing it is a very valuable tool. Things have a stubborn tendency not to turn out the way we planned, and sometime during every person’s life, a worst case scenario of some sort is bound to happen. Otherwise, you are just living too timidly.
What if you never made any money? What if you lost your job and you never found another one? What would you do with your time then? I know what I would do: still enjoy life, make friends, learn and try and make the world a better place.
What if you were always alone and never found a good relationship or lost all your friends and never made any new ones? Relationships are a big and very fulfilling part of life, but there are other things to do as well. You can create beautiful art, write books and meditate. Even without friends you can still find joy and comfort by getting a pet. I think this is one of the reasons for the large increase in pets: people who are lonely and don’t know how to create meaningful human connections.
What if you lost your limbs, or became blind and deaf? There are many blind and deaf people who still enjoy life immensely. One prominent example of a life without limbs is the motivational speaker Nick Vujicic. There are paralysed people who become renowned artists by painting with their mouth. These people are living examples that our limitations are not excuses.
The good news is that no matter what happens, you will probably still find happiness again. Humans have a natural baseline that we return to after traumatic or very pleasurable experiences. You do not have to be afraid, happiness is available for anyone. Unpredictable, yes, but people( that includes you!) are very resistant and tough.
Know that even your worst case scenario will not be the end of the world. Do not let your fear of failure stop you from trying. Choose what you spend your time on, and then ignore distractions.
To happiness, and beyond!