Everybody Makes Mistakes

Kyle - Robinson, Texas
Entered on May 19, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

Everybody Makes Mistakes

Have you ever accidentally started a nuclear war? Well maybe you didn’t do something that bad, but everybody makes mistakes, and nobody in the world is perfect.

I believe everybody makes mistakes. Mistakes are a part of life and I have learned a lot from the mistakes I have made in my life.

I think the biggest mistake I ever made was on a Friday night about six months ago. My mom and I started fighting over something stupid like why I couldn’t go to the movies with my friends on Saturday, but, knowing me, it was most likely the fourth time I asked, because I ask the same question over and over hoping to get a different answer. The one that I want to hear. This never works, by the way. After that, I got really angry because she grounded me for a week. I started yelling at her about how ‘unfair’ all this was. I also started to criticize her, which was dumb, because she criticized me right back and I got even angrier. Pretty soon our argument turned into a loud exchange of bad words. Names were flying left and right and the cats were running to hide under the bed. After I reached my breaking point, I realized there was nothing more I could say, so, I just went outside, called my dad, and asked him to pick me up to spend the weekend at his house. He told me he’d be down to pick me up in a half-hour or so. I got some extra clothes ready then grabbed my I-Pod, and he picked me up and took me to his house. For the rest of the weekend, my dad and I played basketball, watched TV, went fishing, and just relaxed. I had a great time and I didn’t even think about the fight once. When I had to go back, Sunday afternoon, I went into my house, and my mom came up to me and hugged me and said she was sorry. I said I was sorry too. We put what happened behind us and started fresh. The rest of the week went well. We didn’t even argue once, and I’ve never made the mistake of taking an argument too far again.

I learned that if you treat your family better, you’ll feel better yourself. I also learned that no one can win an argument, everybody just storms off mad. The fight I had with my mom is one mistake I hope I will never make again.

Sometimes I make mistakes in my schoolwork. That’s okay, everybody does it and these mistakes show what I need to work on, so I study the material and I do better on the test. Even adults make mistakes. Sometimes, at their jobs, they do something wrong and the boss gets mad. As long as they correct the mistake, and don’t do it again, they shouldn’t get in too much trouble.

Everybody makes mistakes, but if you learn from them, then you accomplish something and don’t keep making the same mistakes over and over, and this I believe.