Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Make more mistakes!

 Image thanks to nicki

You are young. You’ll regret the things you didn’t do. Mistakes rule-out. Mistakes check the box. Mistakes are experience: the very act of living.

So why, oh why, are we all so afraid of making them?

  • Your finger hovering above the ‘Send’ button of that email you’re afraid is a mistake.
  • Putting off that phone call that might be an even bigger mistake.
  • Avoiding a confrontation, afraid you might say the wrong thing.

And what of the mistakes we’ve already made? They cling to us like the plague. That boy you shouldn’t have dated. That outfit you shouldn’t have worn. The job you should never have done.

Word to the wise, kids: c’est la vie. That’s living in all its glory. F**k ups; face-ups; flops.

It’s your choice if you now want to turn all of that into your FORTUNE. Your wealth of experience. The gasoline you need to go FULL SPEED ahead into making more marvellous mistakes.

I say:

Multiply your mistakes.
Magnify them.
Make more.

It is when you make mistakes that you know you are wringing every last drop out of life; trying all avenues; dancing all the dances; tasting everything on the menu to see if you like it.

"What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? And what happens? You make other mistakes, and when you have made all the mistakes you possibly can without drowning - and some of them many times over - what do you find? That you can swim? Well - life is just the same as learning to swim! Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live!"
Alfred Adler

A few bumps and grazes are surely worth the adrenaline rush of running straight at life, rather than pacing around it in tentative, shuffling sidesteps?

And remember: a trip-up often throws you further forward than a simple step.


Elimy said...

If you can't make a mistake, you can't make anything. - Marva Collins

Megan said...

Elimy - Yes! Great quote :)

Marthe said...

Great advice! I'll try to do more things I'm afraid of, if they are mistakes, then so be it.

camillapeffer said...

My favourite story to tell is of how I fell in love with a Scottish traveller and spent thousands of dollars trekking all over the globe in an attempt to make it work. It didn't, but I seriously think I'd be a really fucking boring person if it wasn't for this epic love-life fuck up! It was totally worth it!

Megan said...

Camilla - That is the BEST story/attitude to life I've heard in a long time! ♥

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