I have never been the “go with the flow”, “let it roll off your back” type of person. I am a do-er, a planner and, admittedly, a brown-nosing overachiever type. All of this adds up to one fact: I have not yet learned let my mistakes go, even the small ones.
During the first month or so at my internship, I chalked my mistakes up to the fact that I was new and I simply did not have the experience required to be perfect at my job despite the nagging thoughts in the back of my mind that said I should be executing my work perfectly anyway. Even now, I internally cringe when I get an email back saying that my work was not #flawless every time.
And it is not just work – I do not want to make the wrong life choices either (really, who does?) like where to live or what to do with free time. No matter how many times someone tells me that it is ok to make mistakes or that mistakes could even be good, I remain skeptical because not making mistakes just sounds so much more appealing.
The truth is that whether we take one job or another, whether we stay close to home or strike out to find a new adventure in a new city or whether we spend our free time partying with friends or in bed watching Netflix, there will almost certainly be things we wished we had done differently. The key is to give yourself a break every once in a while because even though some may say it is time for us to start “adulting”, we still have quite a few years left to make mistakes that will eventually make us who we are. Even if we do not want to.