I believe people learn from mistakes

Ben - Iowa City, Iowa
Entered on May 1, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30

I believe that people learn from their mistakes. During life I have encountered things that I have done wrong and I know that when that situation came up again I believe that I have reacted differently. I don’t think that to learn from your mistakes you have to learn from them the first time that you do something wrong but sometime in the future you should.

When I was 11 years old I was climbing a tree in my back yard that I had climbed many times. That day, for some reason, when I went to step from one branch to another I closed my eyes. I don’t know if the sun was in my eye or what but I missed the branch and fell to the ground and landed on my brother’s toys. I ended up twisting my ankle. From that time on I was always cautious climbing that tree so that I would not make that same mistake twice.

When I was young I ate a carrot and learned that I extremely dislike carrots. Since then I have never had another. My mom says to me every night at dinner “just try one you might like them now.” But I won’t because I have learned from the last time that I ate a carrot.

The government has learned from its mistakes in the past too. They have learned from past wars on fighting strategies and on the weapons that they use. Sometimes it takes more then one situation to make you learn from your mistake. When the U.S. went in to the Vietnam War we found out that it was unable to be won. We didn’t learn because now we are in Iraq which is also turning out to be a war we can’t win.

I think that when you make a mistake you should recognize that you made one and move on. Life is short and you can’t go back in time and change what has happened so I believe that learning from what you have tried to do and not make the same mistake twice.