Learn From Your Mistakes

Rachel - Waterville, Iowa
Entered on February 24, 2009
Age Group: Under 18

Have you ever heard the phrase learn from your mistakes? Do you ever use it for situations in your life? When I hear, learn from your mistakes, I think it is a very good philosophy to live your life by. I learned that when you make a mistake an easy way to correct yourself is to think back to your mistake and think of ways to correct yourself. Learning from your mistakes can really help you out in your life and stop problems from reoccurring.

One morning I came downstairs after waking up and expected a list of jobs to do from my mom while she was at work. I let out a huge sigh and thought the list looked endless. I decided I would do the jobs later that day and shrugged them off and went to go on the computer and do other fun things.

Every time I walked through the kitchen I saw the list of jobs on the table and avoided looking at them. By the time 2:30 rolled around my jobs still weren’t done and my mom was due home at about 3:15. I started my jobs slowly and I didn’t completely finish my jobs when my mom got home. My mom came home and she was angry.

When she asked why I didn’t get my jobs done I replied with an, “ I don’t know.”

Then she went into a long speech about responsibility and when I don’t get my chores done I am not being responsible. Then she told me if I ever wanted a cellphone I would have to be responsible and not complain about my jobs. I was angry and couldn’t understand why I got in trouble and I thought it was unfair because I had too many chores. I was very angry and I finished the rest of my jobs grumbling. After that I couldn’t go to a friend’s house for a while.

Now, whenever I have a list of jobs to do, I still grumble and complain, but I get them done before my mom gets home, because I want to do something that week and I don’t want to get in trouble. Instead of blowing my jobs off, I actually make goal to get them done at a certain time. Now, when I want to do stuff on the weekends I usually can, because I am more responsible.Doing all my jobs, helps me to get all of my homework done, which brings good grades, which makes my parents happy. Responsibility can help you in high school, college, and throughout your whole life. Learning from your mistakes is such an important lesson, because it can save you money, friends, family, and jobs.

Now when I hear, learn from your mistakes, I feel very strongly about it and believe everyone should learn this lesson and use it. No matter what the situation is, from doing house chores to friends and anything else, learn from your mistakes. It is a simple lesson, but somewhat hard to apply to your life. I believe learning from your mistakes is the best route to take while living your life.