Millions of Mistakes

In life you make millions of mistakes. Actually, that number is more of a very conservative estimate.

It doesn’t even matter if you are young or old. The mistakes keep coming in even as a kid growing up or as an old person about to die. Some mistakes tend to pile up like dominoes falling continually. You make a single failure that causes the next person fail, which in turn causes the next person to fail, until a long line of failures began with your simple mistake. Some tend to pull you further down like quick sand. The more you struggle to get out of your mucked up situation, the more you get pulled down by some unknown force. Some mistakes tend to be so great, it’s a like a bowling ball crashing to a set of pins. The impact is so great that it reverberates even to those people remotely involved. On the other hand, some mistakes are so small. They feel like a pin prick. They may be small, but they’re still enough to draw out blood. Furthermore, some mistakes are so hidden, they’re like the wind, you cannot feel them at first until it turns into a gale. On the flip side, some mistakes are so open like the rain. It falls down on everything and everyone that it’s impossible for them to notice. Too much rain will make you sick.

Life could offer all sorts of mistakes, errors, pitfalls, failures and disappointments that it’s sometimes hard to take count or even put into classification.

As previously mentioned, millions is a very very conservative number.

What’s so amazing is that each failure, every mistake and every disappointment is an avenue to success, a lesson learned and an experience gained. And what’s really amazing about each mistake is that we get the chance to experience forgiveness, to stand up, and to move on or press forward.

It was a young Edison and a young Einstein who were kicked out of school. If they were not given the chance to be forgiven and to learn from their mistakes, the light bulb or the theory of relativity could never make our lives any better. In the same manner, a young and out of school Bill Gates and Steve Jobs among others became business moguls at a young age because of the innovations in the gadgets and devices they have created. They changed the way people behaved in the recent years.

In the same way, an old Beethoven was able to make his best compositions at an old age. A 50 something Colonel Saunders and a 60 something Ray Kroc became rich because of their food chain business. Everyone loved KFC and McDonalds, but not everyone knew how many mistakes both men made in making the best recipes for chicken and burgers.

Therefore, it is unfair to judge whether a person is young or old to reach success. Certain people attained fame and success at a young age, while others won’t understand success until at a later age.  In marathons and fun runs, you can see that both young and old could finish a race. The battle after all is not against age but against self.

Therefore, it is unfair to say that youth cannot lead and must give way for experience of the old. While it is true that with age comes experience, with youth comes innovation and fresh ideas. Both have the propensity to fall and make mistakes. Old age fall for belittling the youth, while the youth being headstrong and arrogant fall due to inexperience and immaturity. Instead, why don’t aged give the youth the opportunity to make mistakes for making mistakes creates experience while at the same time the youth allow the aged to share the lessons learned through experience. The battle hardened veterans have lots of stories to tell, while the young blood has a lot of things on their minds.

Therefore it is also unfair to compare whose times and whose generation was better. For each generation has its own unique problems and situations. Each generation has its own golden age and fallen age. Sometimes, what we thought of as a repeated cycle like a Ferris wheel is actually changing times like a roller coaster ride.

Old or young, we can never judge who’s better, after all, in life you make millions of mistakes in any age.


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