Mental Health

Mistakes don’t define us.

I’ve made so many mistakes in my life. Hell, I make them everyday. People make mistakes such as putting off homework, forgetting something, saying wrong things/misinterpretation, wearing really uncomfortable clothes, sending something to someone by accident, yelling at someone, creeping an ex on social media and regretting it, putting to much on a credit card. Or something big like falling back into old habits/addictions, doing something stupid while drunk, breaking a promise. The lists of things can go on and on. I’ve done everything on that list but oh well. I learned my lesson.

Mistakes are mistakes. We often beat ourselves up for making them. Why though? Mistakes are something we do unintentionally, or something we do without knowing the consequence. We really can’t change the past. It’s impossible. So instead of being angry and hating ourselves, we should really just try to learn from it and apologize to the people we hurt. Say “D’OH!” then move on. Become active in learning from your mistakes. If you forget something, put a reminder on your phone next time. Don’t creep an ex if you know it’s going to feel like a punch in the stomach. If you get so drunk to the point where you’re throwing up everywhere, drink less next time.

Don’t judge other people for their mistakes either. Nobody’s perfect. Remind them there’s a way to fix it and a way to prevent it from happening again. Don’t let them talk down about themselves. I’m obviously not saying that gives someone the right to hurt you repeatedly, that’s not the type of mistake I’m exactly talking about. I’m talking about the type of mistakes I mentioned in the first paragraph.

I found the quote below in Demi’s journal. It made me realize mistakes do not and will never define us.

“You are more than the mistakes you’ve made.” – Unknown

Jessica Victoria
<p>Jessica Victoria, 24, is a writer and advocate for mental health, disability and LGBTQ+. She uses her personal experiences and knowledge to help and educate others.</p>

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