I have been a whirlwind of energy for the past month. I’ve been meeting people and doing new things and cramming as much into each day as I possibly can and always saying yes instead of always saying no and not leaving myself any time to
And pause for a moment –
So I can see that, amongst the great stuff, I have also been making a hundred and one mistakes.
Some of them have been naively funny; some of them make me cringe; and some of them sting, because they might have brushed past other people and because they do not make me feel great about being me.
And so this is a post about mistakes.
It is back to that old cliché about learning from the things that don’t go according to plan and owning when you’ve gone in the wrong direction. It is not meant to negate how magical the past few weeks have been, nor the fact that I am pleased to be finally catching up on life; but it feels important to stand back –
For a minute –
And reassess a few things.
Because it is easy, when life moves at the speed of a rocket, to find yourself also taking off.
So this is what I have learnt from the mistakes that I have been making –
- That balance isn’t boring; it means you can truly appreciate the good things.
- That running through life at the speed of light can sometimes make me a little insensitive to what else is going on and that this isn’t how I want to be.
- That it is not what you do but who you do it with that is important – and never forget the value of good friends.
- That getting things wrong might be uncomfortable but is not a reason to stop trying different things.
- That doing new things involves making new mistakes – and that this is okay providing that you acknowledge – and then learn from – them.
- That the unfamiliarity of new experiences is both exciting and scary, and best approached with honesty and openness.
- That you can’t take mistakes back – but you can own, apologise and then make up for them.
- That I form attachments to people, experiences and things left, right and centre – and I need to make sure that if I’m whizzing through life, I still hold onto me.