Must everything come with a guarantee?

It’s been quite a while since I’ve read, or been inspired, by the WordPress Daily Posts.  So the other day I decided to give it a adventurewhirl and saw something kinda interesting:  “Tell us about something you would attempt if you were guaranteed not to fail (and tell us why you haven’t tried it yet.)”

At first blush I thought, “hey, wouldn’t it be cool to know, before you even tried, whether or not whatever you were thinking of doing would work or not?”  Regardless of what it is, whether it’s quitting your job to freelance, changing professions, going back to school, getting married, bungee jumping, running a marathon, cooking something much more complicated than you’re used to, getting a pet, having kids, learning to drive, cutting your hair, moving to a foreign country, whatever.

Think of all the time you’d save.  All the bruises, both physical and emotional, you could avoid.  All the pain you wouldn’t have to go through.  No tears.  No fears.  No angst.

In other words, live a life without risk.

Sounds awfully boring, doesn’t it?  To never take a chance.  To never gamble.  To never test the odds.  To never challenge yourself.  To never venture out into the unknown.  To never take a leap of faith.  To have a life devoid of any and all adventure.

To never really feel the joy of success.  To know you’ve accomplished something.  To know you’ve out-witted, out-smarted, out-performed.

To have the satisfaction of knowing, even if you failed, you succeeded, because you tried.  You sucked it up, swallowed your pride, summoned all your courage, decided to believe in yourself, got off your ass and gave it a shot.

And what’s the worst thing that can happen if you make a mistake, anyway?

Honestly, I really can’t think of anything.

“Oh, come on” you’re saying.  Okay, okay, so maybe you have to try again.  If it’s important enough to you, why wouldn’t you?  Maybe your feelings are a bit bruised.  You’ll get over it.  Maybe you have some cold hard reality to deal with, like you’re not cut out for whatever it is you thought you’d like to do.  Again, get over yourself.  It happens to all of us.

So what’s the best thing that can happen if you make a mistake?

Ahhhh, now you’re talking.  I’ll tell you what I think.

You learn a valuable lesson.  One that can only make you smarter, stronger, better.  And what’s wrong with that?

Nothing.

In fact it’s good.

Failure and wrong choices and bad decisions and mistakes are not to be regretted.  On the contrary, they’re to be celebrated because of what they can teach us about ourselves, those around us and life in general.

My only rule is, don’t make the same mistake twice.  That’s a definite no-no.

 

12 thoughts on “Must everything come with a guarantee?

  1. If we never made mistakes, if we had no missteps, we’d really have so little to learn from. I couldn’t have said it better!

    • Thanks Gwen. I don’t know about you, but my mistakes have taught me a lot more than my successes. Plus I think if we never took chances and never made mistakes we wouldn’t have any fun. Not knowing is what makes life interesting 🙂

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