I’m going to be 45 this month. When I was growing up in the 70s and 80s, graduating high school in 1987 and going to college for two years after that, I did a lot of stupid things. I made mistakes. Many mistakes. We all did, right? I was talking to another parent at my daughter’s softball game about it, and he concurred: we were grateful there was no social media when we screwed up.
This got me thinking about mistakes in general. We all learn from our mistakes (or we should.) When we screw up, we can fix it. Some people might remember, but they, too, made mistakes and maybe you helped them fix their mistakes, too.Most of the mistakes we made, few people knew about. Getting too drunk at a party and puking in front of your best friend. Dating the wrong guy. Saying something mean to someone, maybe without even realizing it. Taking naked pictures for yourself and your boyfriend, then realizing it’s a dumb move so burning the pictures because you don’t want your parents or future husband to see them.
Mistakes are good. Great things happen because human beings try and fail and try again. We learn to be better people because in the past we failed to be the person we wanted to be. A world of perfect people is impossible, nor is it something that anyone should want. As Vince Lombardi said, “Perfection is unattainable. But if we strive for perfection, we can catch excellence.”
The current generation can’t make mistakes.