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Sunday Thought | How to learn from your mistakes

How to learn from your mistakes

How to learn from your mistakes… where do you begin? I’ve been home for little over 2 months and to be completely honest, this second month hasn’t been as easy as the first. The first month was A LOT of parties and fun (thank you, Ballito Pro;)), and I had told myself that once August rolled around, I would get serious about deciding what I want to do with my life. At least for the next year, let’s be real.

I never run from my problems, and I’m a realist to a fault. There was some serious soul-searching. I was getting nowhere with searching for something fresh, so I looked back at the last 5 years and decided to look into my mistakes and learn from them to shape a future I desired. This was not easy. Looking at yourself, and knowingly searching for your fuck-ups, leads to some dark hours. I’m my harshest critic and I’m incredibly hard on myself, but this was a new level of tough.

Rolling through the months brought about clarity. Initially, I wasn’t going to share this, but I thought the louder I read, the more these lessons would stick.

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Lesson 1:

Keep advice from outsiders to a minimum

The people playing Devils Advocate might not always have your best interests at heart.

Lesson 2:

Stop thinking of opinions whilst making a decision

This one plagues me. I always assume I’m not thinking about what others ‘might think’ but I often find myself having a made up argument in my head with my high school teacher saying ‘I told you so’.

Lesson 3:

Don’t make life-changing decisions for someone who wouldn’t do the same for you

This is just a hard one to swallow for most, including myself – but bitch, swallow it properly.

Lesson 4:

Comparing yourself to others will get you nowhere

When I started this blog, I thought I wanted the sponsored trips and products. When it started happening, I realized it took everything away from what I loved about blogging. I then woke up to the fact that just because everyone else is doing it, doesn’t mean I have to.

Lesson 5:

Stop listening to the haters; it is possible to create your own life

Do you really think all your acquaintances want you to succeed? Jealousy is a ridiculous emotion that is seen far too often.

Lesson 6:

We have a very short amount of time on our hands

Love until you can’t breathe and never go to sleep with a ‘what if’ on the brain. I’ve passed up on countless opportunities because I feel like I’ve got time. We really don’t.

Lesson 7:

Be kind. Always.

I may preach this one a lot, but it’s so important. There’s enough hatred and anger surrounding us as it is, take a moment and appreciate the beauty and act on it. I was working out of a restaurant last month and my waiter noticed my blog on my computer screen and mentioned that his dream was to see the world. I had deadlines, but he had a genuine smile. Needless to say, I was chatting about SE Asia with a cold coffee in front of me. I’m not a saint, but I had 15 minutes to contribute.

Lesson 8:

It’s OK to fuck up

It’s easy to say you’re sorry; the hard part is smacking your own backside and actually meaning the word ‘sorry’.

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Happy to be blogging again after a month’s break 🙂

I’ve made countless mistakes. I’m OK with that. I’m working on myself and I’ve come to realize that self-investment is never a waste of time. Misplaced energy is. I’ve often found that if I suck up my pride and admit to making a mistake, that misplaced energy disappears. And I feel free. Well, until my next fuck up.

What will you learn from your mistakes?

I’ve missed blogging – I’m definitely back for good.

Love from,

Lamb xx

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