This commodity called life. It’s a huge discombobulated mess sometimes. As much as we humans try to be perfect, truth is–you aren’t. You’ll mess up, you’ll lose friends, or get drunk at 3am and make some not-so-good choices (no mom, I am not referencing myself). That’s just how life goes. You’re going to mess up. The purpose of todays blog is to express that no matter how bad you mess up, your mistakes don’t define you.
If that was the case, then life would be so different for me. If I had let my mistakes define me, I would be the same person that I was a year ago, or maybe even two years ago. I’m nowhere near the same person I was a year ago. I’m glad I’m not. Trust me, I’ve made a lot of mistakes, done things in the past I’m not proud of. I’ve learned and grown from them. I’ve worked on becoming a better person. As much as people love to imply that you can’t, I’m telling you that people CAN change. You grow as a person every single day. There’s no way you will be the same person you are today as you were last month, unless you choose to be.
Often times we find that it’s hard to let go of the past, to leave it all behind like smoke in the air. I like to credit this to the individuals around us: friends, family, or even professors like to imprint this image in our minds that your mistakes are bigger than you. Sorry to burst their bubbles but, they aren’t. Everyone will struggle or fail at something at least once in their life. Some of the most powerful and richest people in the world have screwed up at least once in their life. Steve Jobs, Chris Brown, and my favorite, Jennifer Aniston have all made blunders, failed, and screwed up. Look where they are now. None of them could have became the person they are today if they had let their mess-ups define who they are as a person. You are not your mistakes!!! Let me say it again just so you realize the depth of what I am saying–you ARE NOT your mistakes. Stop letting people tell you that you are. It’s time to stop crying and making yourself feel like less than you are. A mistake is something you do–its an action, it’s not you as a person.
“Your past is just a story. And once you realize this, it has no power over you.”- Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters: A Novel ( A Book I encourage you to read)
Perfection is overrated. It’s unattainable. You will mess up no matter how many times you try to deter it from doing so. The important thing is that you get right back up and move on. Don’t linger in the same place forever, and don’t let people dangle your mistakes over your head like you’re insignificant. Screw up. Move on. Do better. Be better. There’s a whole world out there for you to conquer and explore. Living in the past will only keep you from reaching your full potential. Learn from your short lapses in life and keep going, your future is brighter than you could ever imagine!
“We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.”- James 3:2
Tons of love,