I believe that making mistakes is the best way to learn and grow.
People around me can try to tell me what to do and what is best for me, but I will be the one making the decisions in my life. I want to figure things out myself, in my own way, and time. My parents always try and tell me that they know what’s best for me. Even though sometimes they may be right, there are some things I need to do on my own. My dad always says “everyone makes mistakes, but don’t make the same mistake twice”. I am a very curious person, so I do end up making mistakes but I always learn from them.
Some mistakes are small and won’t impact my life in a bad way, but I learn from them and grow because of them. I have made the mistake of slacking off in school and ending up failing a few courses. I failed my entire second semester during my sophomore year because I didn’t do the work. My mother was constantly nagging me to see if I had homework, but I would always tell her, “no, we didn’t have any tonight” or “I finished it during class”. These lies soon caught up to me when my mother found out I was failing out of my classes. My laziness and slacker attitude soon got me into trouble. My parents’ first reaction was to start yelling because they know how important getting a good education is and they didn’t want to see me throwing it all away. After that year getting bad grades, I learned how some mistakes I make could impact other people besides me.
My parents often lecture me saying that they know, “school is hard, but as long as I’m trying my best and effort is the most important thing”. I realized that by doing poorly in school, I was hurting my parents. Their concern was just a way to show that they were upset. By seeing their reactions, I quickly took responsibility for my actions and decided to make up for my scholarly mistakes.
When people hear the word “mistake”, they usually think of something bad happening or someone getting into a lot of trouble. My “mistake” made me realize that an education is important, not only to me, but to my parents as well. I have learned to take school seriously and listen to the people who love you because they are always trying to help. In my eighteen years of living I have learned that it’s ok to make mistakes and that everyone does it. I have grown a lot since I have come realize that, and my loved ones have helped me also.