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How to Accept Your Mistakes

Recently, I have found myself thinking and dwelling on a lot of my personal, professional, and immature mistakes and failures that I have made. Many times, when I think about them, I feel upset with myself and wonder how I could make such a terrible mistake. I tell myself that I’m human and that human error is normal. Everyone makes mistakes. Also, it’s realizing what I have done wrong and telling myself to dwell on it, only to see the lesson learned and realize what I have done wrong and how I could improve myself. If I find myself in this situation again, I will know what to do. I’m in my mid-twenties and I feel like I still have a lot of growing up to do. I feel like every year is a new revelation. Something that I need to learn to grow up and mature. I feel embarrassed, humiliated, and ashamed of my many faults, but I tell myself to not beat myself over it. I have had people in my life that constantly bring up my mistakes and just remember all the wrongs I have done. It didn’t matter how much I tried to mature, change, and prove myself to them, they would only see me in the wrong. Unfortunately, due to growing up around people like this, I started to talk and be this way towards others, and due to having more time to think, I realized that this is wrong. I don’t want to become what I hate and what others are doing. I don’t want to hurt or affect others the same way that others have hurt me. I don’t want to play the victim. I want to grow and realize that I have done wrong and see my faults in myself. I try to make a list of things that I want to improve about myself. I want to be better. I know that I will make mistakes and that I will fail and fail over and over again, but in the end, I want people to know that I do self-reflect and see what I have done wrong. I want to be able to apologize and make things right at any age. I apologize now to anyone I have hurt or affected in my life. I hope they know that I do want to do the right thing. I believe that part of the healing process and the maturity of growing up is admitting when you are wrong. Yes, getting angry at what happened is part of the process too, but there is a part of it that tells us to learn from our mistakes and grow. I don’t want to ever keep dwelling on these negative things because all that will do is drag me down, but I do need to be able to see where I am wrong and move on. I don’t want to be better.

How do you handle your past mistakes and failures?

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  1. First of all, I’m sorry for your situation. I hope you are feeling much better. The fact that you are spilling your heart in this tells much that you are conscious of your emotions and willing to learn from those mistakes. Keep believing in yourself that you will soon become better at not repeating those mistakes.

  2. The fact that you’ve noticed your faults is a great start, you won’t overcome them easily you’ll start making progress then it’s back to square one but each time you learn a new lesson and you can apply it for the next time. The fact that you want to change is the wonderful part, keep pushing queen you’ll you’ll there. I maybe a Stranger but I’m always here to talk if you ever need anyone to talk to or to help keep you accountable

  3. Accepting our mistakes reminds us of humility, it may be hard to admit our mistakes and it takes a lot of guts for us to acknowledge them. Also I think no one is too old or young for committing a mistake, dont be too hard on yourself.

  4. This is such a great post. I really appreciate your vulnerability and honesty. We each can do better and learn from our mistakes. I love the way you genuinely expressed your experiences and what you learned from them. Thank you so much for sharing. 🤗

    Pastor Natalie (ExamineThisMoment)

  5. That is terrible that you have people who want to keep bringing up past mistakes, especially when you are trying to move on. Best of luck moving forward!

  6. You shared some raw truths that I bet most folks experience at least a few times throughout their lives. I do think that those around us help shape what is and isn’t acceptable and how to live so it’s understandable that you took on some of their habits. However, the beauty that resides in you allowed you to take a step back and look at how to rectify that attribute. The same can be applied to any mistake you may have made. As long as you have this and keep the understanding that we all make mistakes and we can do our best to learn from them and do better in the future, you can separate yourself from that guilt/embarrassment. Thank you for this powerful post.

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