We all make them. We all have those moments — the pit in your stomach, throat heavy, out-of-this-world moments — that come as a result of things not going the way we planned. Mistakes can come in myriad forms; from silly racing mistakes like taking too long in transition or forgetting an item on a trip to larger things like friendships gone awry — opportunities passed up or relationships that ended. Things that we think we did wrong or wish we could’ve gone in a different direction.
It’s impossible to live life on a pure, white, never-ending canvas; that is (put in simpler terms) — it’s unrealistic to expect that there won’t be times when we want to run into our bedrooms, shove our pillow over our faces, blast sad music, and cry our eyes out. But — it is possible to learn. To grow. To heal from our mistakes and regret — and eventually prosper as a result.
As cliché as it sounds, I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason. We lose races so that we can discover the sweetness of being on top in our next successful event. Things happen. People walk in and out of our lives — that’s just the way it is.
“Well, we all make mistakes, dear, so just put it behind you. We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea
I think the beautiful thing about this life is that it’s an unfinished, complicated, wonderful race (to put it in tri terms 🙂 ) — an ongoing story; a blank canvas. However you’d like to think of it, the amazing fact that still remains — there is always time.
Time to learn and grow from our mistakes and regret — but not to carry them forward with us as baggage.
Time to chase that unfinished race. Or dream you’ve been hiding in the back corner of your mind. And time to figure out that if the person who often hovers in the back of your thoughts is meant to come back into your life, then they will.
Mistakes happen. Regret is human. But to dwell on them would be to take time away from appreciating all the amazing, spectacular things each day brings with it. And life is too beautiful a thing to waste on negativity 🙂
How have you learned and grown from your mistakes?