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weirdest wish

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”  (Neil Gaiman)

Did I tell you I am a sucker for really nice quotes?  I am.  I love reading them, having those “awww….” moments after being struck by their beauty and depth, and “collecting” them by writing them down in my special journal, even using those special pens in metallic ink.  I love going back to them and just reading them, always as though for the first time.

Going over picture quotes on the internet the above quotation struck me as odd.  Make mistakes??? Times have really changed.  What kind of an advice is this, “make mistakes”.  Do you imagine your old folks giving you this piece of wisdom?  I would.

I come from a family of writers, poets in their own rights, artists, dreamers, crazies if you may.  (Sorry fab family, but I meant that in a really nice way.)  People who dare, people who are never scared to make mistakes, people who did make terrible mistakes in their lives but nonetheless rose from their fall.  I still have not gotten the privilege of knowing each one’s complete life stories and tragedies and lessons learned but I have a feeling each one of us have a warrior’s story to tell.

I only have the privilege of talking about the life drama of my mother’s bloodlines, for now.  I have no idea if I will ever find out about my father’s but that is already an accepted part of my own drama.  I have long embraced the complicated life as if it were a birthright.

So yes, we do make glorious mistakes, Mr. Sandman.  Every year.  Actually, many times in a year.  Thanks to your weird quotation it has made me appreciate my life more.  Because of your quote I now take pride in daring, in being open to change, in embracing all flaws and imperfections and working with them, in treading new paths and in oftentimes reveling in glorious mistakes.

I have the same wish for my family, and friends: that they be brave, and bold, and that they never stop learning and loving life.

Have a blissful 2014, everyone.  Claim your happiness. 





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