I’ve been thinking a lot about how afraid we are to make mistakes. Life takes courage, and I think the reason that many of us live mundane and ordinary lives, (not that there’s anything wrong with that), is that we’re inordinately afraid of making mistakes, of messing up, of looking stupid.
So many times I contemplate doing things, I have all these great ideas (at least I think they’re great), and I can see all these possibilities. But when it’s time to jump in and do it, I start thinking about it, and about all the things that could potentially go wrong, and I slowly but surely think myself out of it.
I often say to those around me “Life is too short, just live it”. I use this logic when something happens that makes me want to sit around and mope (like not getting my immigration paperwork yet… grrrr!!), or when I feel like getting pissed off about something and blowing a gasket. It works really well for keeping me calm, but now I need to start using the same logic that life is too short to motivate me to just jump in and do things and not be afraid of making mistakes.
Life really is too short to live it on the fringes because we’re afraid to make mistakes. So who cares that you can’t dance and you’ll look like a fool, jump on the dance floor and dance anyway. So what if they turn you down and don’t give you the grant, apply anyway. So what if your project flops completely, do it anyway. So what if she refuses to go out with you, ask her anyway. So what if she laughs in your face, tell her you love her anyway. So what if you fall flat on your face… you’ll get up and keep going. True courage is not in never failing, but in trying and trying again. The universe has a way of righting itself, and staying on course. No matter what mistakes you make, things will work themselves out. The tragedy of life is in never trying. There’s nothing worse to take the grave with you than regret.
So come on, make a mistake with me.
If you’re familiar with country music you’ll know that I took the title of this post from the song by Brad Paisley – Make A Mistake With Me. Reason is because today is my Brad Paisley day and I was just listening to that song.