Today’s Topic: Past Mistakes and Moving Forward
We’ve all made mistakes that we wish we could take back. We’ve all had those moments where we said or did something we regret. What happened during the event is often not as important as what happens after the event in terms of understanding and moving on from the mistakes we make.
If you ask yourself right now, “What’s a big mistake I made in the past?” I’m sure that countless instances will come to mind. If you can’t think of a specific incident, chances are you’ve already let go and have moved on from something you once considered to be a mistake. If you never actually move on from a mistake, it’s more likely to linger in your mind and pop up easier when you relive the past.
Moving on can be a painful, yet liberating experience. Moving on from your own mistakes is much different, however, than moving on when someone else has wronged you. Instead of learning to forgive another person, you have to learn to forgive yourself, which can be much harder to accomplish. We are our own toughest critics, and as such will always look at our own words and actions with more scrutiny than we do others.
I have many mistakes in my past that I think about some nights when I can’t sleep. The ones that haunt me the most are ones where I’ve never gotten over how awful or awkward the mistake was. Yet, as the years go by, I’m able to slowly but surely get over some of these incidents and put them behind me. Sure, I might have done some things in my past that I’m not happy to think about now, but all of those things are well and truly behind me. Their only merit is that they helped to shape me into the person I am today, and for that I’m grateful.
It’s hard to remember past mistakes, but sometimes it can be even harder to let them go. Whether you said the wrong thing at the wrong time, did something out of line, lied, revealed secrets that weren’t yours, or whatever mistakes in the past you can’t let go of, everyone deserves the chance to learn from their mistakes and move forward with their lives. After all, making mistakes is just another part of being alive.