As the saying goes: we humans are not born perfect. The reality is this: we try to be as inhumanly perfect as possible. Whatever we do in life, we try not to make mistakes. Have you actually consciously made a mistake, unless it was to prove a point? I don’t think so (but if you did, tell me about it!) because mistakes are costly. You have to do something again to get it right.
People are willing to pay extra to get something done just right, whether it’s that half an inch less on the hem of that little black dress or just the right sharpness of the bridge of the new nose the plastic surgeon is sculpting. They are willing to hire someone with experience for a job, to lessen the likelihood of mistakes.
The fact remains that as long as we are human, we are bound to make mistakes, no matter how experienced we are at something. What matters though is that how you learn the lesson of that mistake and how well you bounce back from it.
I’m at the point in my life now where I frequently feel like a walking mistake. I know I’m not, but the mistakes that I commit, new or old, makes me feel like I have the ‘Midas’ touch, except that whatever I touch doesn’t turn into gold but becomes a mistake. I suppose I must be patient and persevere, and remember that practice makes perfect!
That phrase would refer to the probability of mistakes that can be lessened the more we sharpen our skills in something. What about other kinds of mistakes, like something we are only given the chance to get it right once? I suppose essentially we are all given one chance to make the right choice in almost every thing we do; there are just some things which are harder to repair or undo when you make a certain decision, like getting a tattoo.
So, we go about life, trying to be as perfect as possible but inevitably stumbling at some point. But rather than to admit we made a mistake, sometimes we pretend it’s not. We might call it a “blessing in disguise” and think that “things” happen for a reason. But I suppose to look at it this way can be true – Thomas Edison, after all, famously said:
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
But what if we had the power to see the future? What if we knew whether a decision to do something this way or that would be correct or wrong? If you had the ability to tell what’s the best way to go about your life, would you do as what your vision tells you? Or would you still go about the ‘wrong’ ways just to see if it’s really as wrong as your vision proclaimed it to be?