Making a mistake isn’t a big deal. For some reason heavy importance has been placed on making the right choice or getting something right the first time.

In most cases this importance is well placed, but there are the occasional cases where it is made out to be the only option. This can make it feel like making a mistake is the end of the world, but I can assure you it’s not!

Different mistakes have different magnitudes and effects, but making mistakes is how we grow as people. Not making any mistakes would be ideal in most situations as mistakes can make any process take longer than needed, however mistakes force us to adapt and can help us learn things we otherwise wouldn’t from a perfect outcome.

No one has a mistake free life. That is next to impossible. Some people may make smaller or less frequent mistakes than others but they do happen to everyone. The positive aspect in making mistakes is that there’s always a possibility in making the same or a similar mistake at some point. Just hear me out on this.

Say I were to make a mistake writing this piece and it COMPLETELY changes the way it reads, once I find the mistake or it’s pointed out to me I can change it to the way it’s meant to be. After making such a mistake I make a habit of checking (or double checking) future pieces for mistakes often correcting one or two before I click submit. This means I have learned from my mistake. I have taken the experience and used it to improve myself.

That being said, it’s not an automatic process. There’s a common phrase that states that the first step in solving any problem is recognising there is one and that couldn’t be more true. Without recognising the problem there is no hope in solving it, as seen often in criminal cases. Criminals can accept they did the crime but because they don’t show any remorse they are unlikely to change their habits. It’s a bit of an extreme example but it’s true.

Mistakes are our friend. One of those friends we only see occasionally but a friend none the less, so don’t get too bummed when they rear their ugly head. Keep calm and composed and go about solving it. Ask someone for help if you need, there is no shame in that. Together we can get through this.

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