Making Mistakes

6 comments | August 14th, 2012

(by KSE, a Chestist)

Live, learn, screw up, get better.  Here's her story:

I make so many mistakes.  At work, and with my family and friends.  I do the wrong thing and sometimes I do the right thing in the wrong way.  Sometimes I say the wrong thing even though I mean to say the right thing.

I carry my umbrella on days when it doesn't rain, and sometimes I don't carry it on days when it does.  I take wrong turns, and sometimes choose the wrong things at restaurants.  I give people breaks who don't deserve them and sometimes don't give breaks to people who do.

I can be short-tempered and quick-fused.  I can trust blindly when I shouldn't.  Sometimes I sleep with guys I wish I hadn't.

I can hold on to some things too long and other things and people not long enough.  I buy things that I don't always like when I get them home.  I've taken the easy way out when I should have done the right thing even if it was the harder thing. I've made a lot of mistakes.

I've learned to appreciate my mistakes even if I sometimes wish I had not made them.  I appreciate them because they have taught me how to fix things, humility, and to have a sense of humor.  Life is filled with mistakes made by us and others.  I think that's nice. {end story}

What an attitude, right?  How do you feel about making mistakes?  Buzzkill or just another stop on the road to feeling more better?  Do tell.

(an FMB rewind)


  • Martha Gledden

    Posted on April 23, 2012

    Thanks for the reminder that our perspective counts for a lot!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted on April 23, 2012

    It is interesting, I give others a lot of leeway when it comes to making mistakes but don’t usually give myself the same, even on the small things.

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  • Father's Daughter

    Posted on April 23, 2012

    I’ve always been afraid of making mistakes. My father was a total perfectionist who never allowed room for anything but straight As and athletic excellence. I think it’s driven me to succeed but I look at my brother who never even tries anything anymore. I think we both grew up afraid of failure and that it has influenced who we’ve become now that we’re adults. If I ever have kids, I will never raise them as we were.

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  • Jules H.

    Posted on April 23, 2012

    I love this so much.

    It’s so happy!

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  • RB

    Posted on August 15, 2012

    OMG! I hate making mistakes! I get this horrible feeling in my stomach, and it can be over small things. My family was pretty crazy and I think I felt like I had to keep everyone happy or the sh*t would hit the fan. I’m working on cutting myself some more slack, but it hasn’t happened.

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