I have often pondered this question and each time I come to the two conclusions. Firstly life would be boring and secondly life becomes nothing. So often we can get so serious in life that we miss the funny moments that brings a smile to our faces, we stress so much that the wrinkles form in the wrong places like frown lines instead of laugh lines.
I myself have quite a few (I know its a shock) but I sport both the frown lines and the the laugh lines. At times growing up I would be so serious, I took life so seriously that I didn’t enjoy myself as much as I could have, I missed out on opportunities and ones I’ll never get them back.
The mistakes, silly mispronunciations and wit in life is everywhere if we are open to it. I have mentioned before in a few posts my many mistakes, some are rather big like knocking over the poor woman who was testing me during my driver’s test. Or the time that I opened up a porn site thinking that it was the address that the client had just given me only to find out that one letter misspelt can open up a world of things that cause nightmares.
My internal GPS often can get me into a tizz to the point left becomes right and right becomes left all the while people say my sense of direction is one of the best.
I often come up with new words out of the blue and act like that is the way its meant to be when in actual fact it was not, to the point while speaking to someone I apologised for my impeppermints, no I am not kidding. The impeppermints often sound so good that I continue to use them and my friends adopt them with huge laughter of course.
I often fall out of bed, have an array of bruises all over my body from walking into things all the time. Regularly I will miss the coffee cup when pouring myself one in the mornings and have been known to iron my own hand.
I look forward to each mistake that I make because it makes me laugh till I fall off my chair and get another bruise to add to the already big collection. I laugh at myself more than anything else because come on, it is funny… There are always two ways of looking at things, there is the serious way and then there is the funny way.
Yes, there are times when serious is good, there always comes a time to talk straight and to talk about serious issues or to concentrate but it does not necessarily have to be when you make a mistake, sure if it is a big serious one, study it, learn its lessons and then laugh about it. The big mistakes I have made in my life I have done just that, I get absorbed into the why’s, the how’s, etc, try to learn the lessons that are there and then I share them so we can all have a laugh.
Why do I share them? Because we all make mistakes, no matter who you are you make mistakes. Mistakes are a part of life, everyone does them and what would life be without them? In my opinion, absolutely boring!
Do I still iron my hand? No I try to avoid it when I remember, which is most days when I pick up an iron, otherwise I tend to buy clothes that do not require ironing. Lesson: There are always other ways around a problem, sometimes it is as simple as changing your course.
Do I still pour boiling water on my hands while making coffee? Yes often, but I now try to be a bit more awake before I make myself some coffee or if I am desperate and don’t want to risk it I ask someone else if they are around. Lesson: Know your limitations and accept them when necessary.
Do I know left from right? Most days I do and on the days where I think it will be difficult I mark an L on my left hand and an R on my right. Lesson: We are continually learning, why bother beating yourself up, instead help yourself.
Do I still fall out of bed, walk into walls, tables, etc? When I am not looking where I am going, yes. But these days when I enter a room or building I take a photo with my mind and keep it firmly lodged so that I know where all the obstacles are. Lesson: There will always be obstacles, if we open our eyes to the possibilities then the obstacles become less and there are more opportunities of avoiding them.
Do I still have impeppermint moments? Yes I have since started studying the dictionary in order to create my own which perhaps will be published so that I can share it with all that hear my spoken word. My first language is Audlish, second English, third Afrikaans, etc. Lesson: When we get something wrong it could be a blessing in disguise, bringing people together, situations together or just breaking the ice.
Do I drive? No unfortunately no one trusts me in their cars and I still can’t fathom out why! Lesson: Never stop laughing at yourself because when you stop then the downward spiral is one that is hard to climb back out of.
There is a lesson in every mistake we make if you are willing to look for them and learn from them.