I had one of those moments this week where I had to check myself.
I found that I’d made a mistake and double booked myself for some work, because I hadn’t put the first thing in my diary. It was an easy mistake to make, because I AM A HUMAN BEING AND NOT A ROBOT.
I felt really bad about it though, and started thinking ‘what can I say? How can I get out of it??’ I felt like I needed an excuse for being so stupid. Maybe I could wait until nearer the time and then come up with some kind of mystery illness?
And then I remembered that bit about BEING A HUMAN BEING.
So I emailed the person relating to the thing that had to come second and apologised, and that was that.
So why in my head was it such a big thing? Is it just me that feels so bad about making mistakes? Why do we feel we have to be perfect, when really we should just be honest?
I’ve always been the same. I will always remember one AWFUL moment at school when I was about 12 years old. I’d genuinely forgotten to do some French homework, which never happened as I’m a total square, but for some reason my French teacher chose to make an example of me and called me out to the front of the class. I felt so bad about my mistake though that I just burst into tears. The teacher looked completely unprepared for this, and quickly bustled me back to my seat.
No wonder I didn’t have many friends.
I feel like if EVERYONE just held their hands up more often and said ‘Oh yeah, sorry, that was a mistake, my bad’, that the whole world would be a much more straightforward place. If we just accepted too that human beings DO make mistakes, and didn’t get so pissed off all the time about things that don’t actually matter, then people would feel far more comfortable about coming clean. We’d all just chill out a bit wouldn’t we? And it would REVOLUTIONISE politics.
I thought I might turn this post into a bit of a confessional. Leave a comment telling me about a mistake you’ve made recently and we will celebrate together the fact that we are human, and not 100% perfect all of the time.
And hey, if no one leaves a comment then so what? I misjudged it – I made a mistake. Get over it.
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