When I was 4 years old, I learned that dragging the cord of an iron while our maid was ironing clothes wasn’t a good idea. It fell on my leg and the triangular mark of the iron is still visible to date.

When I was 9 years old, I learned that talking back to your parents isn’t a good idea. I was punished with the magical and scary belt hitting me with passion.

When I was 12 years old, I learned forging your parent’s signature…twice at different times wasn’t a good idea. I was caught and scolded.. twice at different times.

When I was 17 years old, I learned that falling in love at the wrong tile wasn’t a good idea. It all felt too real and amazing that I forgot what my priorities are. I failed a subject.

When I was 19 years old, I learned that not doing your thesis 2 months before your defense wasn’t a good idea. I had to cram my work and end up with outputs I’m not too proud of.

When I was 21 years old, I learned that being an adult wasn’t easy. I wish I never rushed my childhood and got excited to earn my own paychecks.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

Our flaws makes our personalities because we are all imperfect. But that’s what makes us unique from one another. We all make wrong choices in life, we’re human. And we should learn from it and try our best not to make it again so we don’t get consequences.

If life was perfect, then we won’t be able to appreciate the things we get. Sure, it’ll be fun to get a diamond-embellished dress for a one-time dinner, a Harley Davidson with a snap of a finger, or a 6-bedroom mansion with an outdoor pool looking over New York City with a quick call, but it sure is more fulfilling to get them when you made an effort, made a few mistakes here and there, made bad decisions and choose some of the wrong people in your life. It’s okay to make mistakes. It’s what makes the experience unique and the output feel like something you really deserve. It’s where you’ll tell yourself, “Finally.” And you know everything was worth it.


Daily Prompt – Mistake