The Vlogbrothers (by the Brothers Green, Hank and John) have recently been talking about failure. I also think it’s a good thing to talk about. Everybody fails and experiences the negative emotions that come along with it. Of course, that doesn’t mean we need to be ashamed. Failure is a universal experience. It’s a thing that happens. So let’s talk about it.
Usually, when I write about failure, whether it be publicly or privately (in a diary or journal), I always follow it up with a “but…” But without that failure I never would have had this opportunity. I failed at that, but I learned this. But (ha) we ALWAYS learn from EVERYTHING. There will always be more opportunities, regardless of whether your past is littered with failures or successes.
So I’m going to list some of my failures, sans excuses. I’ll just list them as they are because they are just things.
- publish a book
- several attempts to quit sugar
- first attempt at the written test for my motorcycle license
- to finish several stories
- Bullet Journaling
- shopping ban
- my attempts at vlogging
- keeping several houseplants alive
- many, many craft projects
- learning the guitar
- learning the piano
- being perfect
Thus are just some of my recent failures. …so far. 😉
And I’m sure there are lots and lots that I missed.
Huh. I even failed at completing this list.