Remembering What Really Matters

I am not going to waste your time and mine by telling you “humans aren’t perfect, so don’t be upset if you fail!” because let’s be honest, it’s bullshit. It’s a stupid line that no one really believes and that makes absolutely no one feel better. What I can tell you is that failing is important. Failing is growing, maturing, and learning.

Failing is essential, and failing is necessary. Sure, Steve can pick up a trumpet and learn it instantly whereas it takes you longer to understand how to actually play the cursed thing, however, does that make you inferior to Steve in any way?

Absolutely not.

You need to remember that the more effort you put into something, no matter what it is, the more important it will be to you. If you never put the time into studying, then quiet obviously, studying for a test is not on your daily schedule. Not that you don’t care about what your grade is in the class, it’s just that you don’t really care for studying for hours for the test when you take notes in class. Simple. However, for someone who studies for a test when the unit is first introduced, studying is crucial. Nothing comes before studying, and the only thing that come after studying, is more studying. And that’s totally fine, in fact, both mindsets are totally fine. Studying does and doesn’t work for some people, that’s just life. But we all need to step back for a moment and really think about what actually matters.

Your every failure, slip-up and fall shapes who you are and who you will become. Every time you fall, no matter how many times you fall, you learn just a little bit more. You can walk a little bit faster, and you get up just a little bit faster. Please, please try to understand me when I say that failing at something is totally okay, and is completely normal.

Society fails us in trying to support that mindset. School fails us in trying to support that mindset. Hell, maybe even your parents and peers fail in trying to support that mindset. But here, you’re going to hear a different tune. As long as you’re willing to learn, failing is okay. You will fall, but understand why that happened, and get back up ready to tackle the problem again. You can’t “perfect” something without failing multiple times in trying to succeed (again, I’m pretty sure this is a movie quote, just unsure where from).

Stand up, crack your knuckles, stretch your neck and take a breath. Remember that every time you’re going to fall down you will get back up better than before and smarter than before. That’s what really matters. Look forward, look towards what you can succeed in doing now that you have learned more rather than looking back towards what you failed at doing.

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