Nothing gets to me more like the things I did wrong, the chances I did not take or the people I hurt. That’s why today, I want to share with you the importance of rising above your mistakes. I can think of numerous moments in my life, I wish I did things differently. I wish I did not send that hurtful text or I wish I applied for that scholarship. I stumbled across this quote the other day, “My past is my past. It made me who I am. I have no regrets and I wouldn’t change a thing.” To some extent, I agree with that statement but we are lying to ourselves by saying we have "no regrets". We are human. Of course, we have regrets. Of course, there are mistakes we made we wish we could take back. I believe the best way to rise above your mistakes is to accept them and move forward. Saying, “I have no regrets” is another way of lying to yourself. Taking ownership of what you have done and choosing to approach life differently can forge a brighter and better path. 

Mistakes, regrets, disappointments and doubts are like dark clouds constantly hovering over your head. Personally, every time I want to try something new there is always that negative voice reminding me of my failures or mistakes of the past. The best way to overcome failure is to keep trying. If you want to apply for a job don’t let the mistakes of your past stand in your way. The more you try there is a higher chance you will succeed. Maybe you hurt someone close to you? It is up to you to be the bigger person and make amends. Even if that relationship can not be salvaged, there is no harm in trying. The first and most important way to rise above our mistakes is to try. Nothing can be accomplished without trying. Do what you can and do not worry about things you can not control. 

Most importantly, remember that your mistakes do not define you. Your failures do not equate your self worth. You control the kind of person you want to be. Mistakes of the past are in the past for a reason. Do not hide or shy away from your mistakes. Take ownership of what you have done and use strength to move forward. You are strong and do not let anyone tell you otherwise.  


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