• A seven letter word indicating an error or fault on one’s behalf •

If you’re human you’ve made a mistake before, and if you’re anything like me then you’ve made several.

Misjudging others, handling situations incorrectly, not prioritizing properly– all common mistakes surrounding us constantly. “What if I did it like this?” This after-thought can’t rewrite the past, eliminate the mistake, or take away the hurt, but it can improve your future.

My most recent mistake keeping me up blogging tonight would be my foolish action of falling for a guy that I knew was bad news. The mistake was thinking that things would be different this time around (and they were for a little), but my life is better compared to a Taylor Swift heartbreak song than a Disney fairytale. I’m proud to say that I let my guard down a little slower than I would in the past, but it still descended, allowing his hypnotizing soul to enter the permeable walls of my vulnerable mind. I convinced my naive self that an older college guy this good looking would willingly commit himself to just one girl– and that was the mistake. Aside from all the “I told you so’s” floating through my head, I’m pleased with the lesson that this misfortune has taught me, and will remember it to avoid this slight disappointment the next time around.

We all have mistakes that haunt us from time to time, whether it was confiding in a friend who couldn’t be trusted, embarrassing behavior before blacking out from drinking, or something as simple as forgetting to do a homework assignment. Mistakes can range from crashing your car into another, to disrespecting a loved one. There is no such thing as a stupid mistake, because they all give us some kind of feedback.

If you regret the negatives that have happened in your life then congratulations– you’re only bettering yourself as a person. Don’t give up on love, success, or life in general just because you mess up once or twice. Mistakes shouldn’t stop you from trying again– they should set the guidelines for how you approach the situation the next time. Identify your mistakes and recognize how to avoid them in the future to become the best possible version of yourself (and the happiest).

Always remember:

“The past is where you learned the lesson. The future is where you apply the lesson.”

“Life is like photography. We develop from the negatives.”

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