The Mistakes We Make #ThePrompt


This post contains lots of hyperlinks. Do check them out if you can each one has a little piece of my story to tell…

Those who have read my more gritty posts will know that my dysfunctional childhood led to a very self-destructive young adulthood. I had an insatiable love of booze and partying and would spend the entire 48 hours of a weekend completely obliterated with anyone else that had the stamina to keep up. I stomped on hearts and got my own stomped on. I had highs and lows and mostly held it together by the skin of my teeth. I fell to pieces and had not one but two breakdowns. I cut ties with my entire family. I very nearly lost my husband through my own stupidity.

The thing is though, I don’t view my earlier life as one that was full of mistakes. Quite the opposite. I prefer to view it the way Beth Orton describes in her song the Sweetest Decline. Regrets are just lessons we haven’t learnt yet. Provided we put this knowledge to good use for next time and truly learn from our mistakes then how on earth can we view them as such?

How about you? Do you learn from your mistakes or are you always glancing back and wishing things were different?

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  1. October 13, 2014 / 5:59 am

    She’s one of my favorite artists and I absolutely love this song. There is so much wisdom to be learnt from our mistakes…

  2. Not A Frumpy Mum
    October 11, 2014 / 11:53 am

    I completely agree, making mistakes makes you the person you are today. Life would be pretty dull if you got it right all the time! x

  3. October 10, 2014 / 8:58 pm

    Could not agree more, oh my word have I made some mistakes on my journey, but I wouldn’t be who I am today without them #theprompt

  4. October 10, 2014 / 7:28 pm

    I agree. Every mistake, every wrong step, has led me to where I am and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  5. October 10, 2014 / 5:02 pm

    I agree with Emily, I think we get better at learning from our mistakes as we get older, I certainly repeated many while I was in my teens and twenties… But even those I can now look back on and see for what they taught me. Every decision, good or bad, that we make leads us to where we are and to the person we become, we can’t really regret them, even if we might wish to change some of them. Hindsight is a wonderful thing! Thanks so much for linking to #ThePrompt x

  6. October 10, 2014 / 4:33 pm

    Funnily enough I was listening to a Beth Orton song earlier today, she has an incredible voice. I think learning from your mistakes is something which comes with maturity. When we’re really young and messing up I’m not sure we have the capacity to understand this and end up continuing to be self destructive. Over time I think we can learn from everything we do – good and bad.

  7. VaiChin @RamblingThroughParenthood
    October 10, 2014 / 1:47 pm

    “Most of all I’ve learned.” That sums it up beautifully. We all make mistakes, what is vital is we learn from them. #theprompt

  8. October 10, 2014 / 11:16 am

    It sounds like you had an adventurous past, I will try to read more of your links later. I am glad you have such a positive outlook. Well said. #ThePrompt

  9. October 10, 2014 / 9:46 am

    Regrets are just lessons we haven’t learned yet – I’ve not come across that before this week but I am so going to remember it. Its a hard thing to let regret though but I think it makes us better people doesn’t it?

  10. October 10, 2014 / 9:36 am

    I agree that it is important to learn from your mistakes but, boy is it a hard lesson sometimes. Also, thanks for sharing the Beth Orton song – not an artist I’ve listened to before so thank you for a new experience today.

  11. October 10, 2014 / 9:34 am

    I agree that we have to learn from our mistakes but, boy, is it a hard lesson sometimes. Thanks for sharing the Beth Orton song – not an artist I know much about so that’s a great new experience for today!

  12. October 10, 2014 / 8:52 am

    Learning from your mistakes is definitely not an easy lesson, but it does help move forward and leave the past where it belongs. I love that line about regrets being lessons not yet learned too xx

  13. October 10, 2014 / 6:30 am

    Very honest post and I will take a look at the links..
    “Regrets are just lessons we haven’t learnt yet.”
    Quote of the day! So true. X

  14. October 9, 2014 / 7:32 pm

    Thanks hon, I love this song it’s so poignant!

  15. October 9, 2014 / 7:31 pm

    They really do lovely, believe 😉 Xx

  16. October 9, 2014 / 7:27 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with your post or the Beth Orton quote. Mistakes happen but to grow you have to try and not make them again… Great post and food for thought x

  17. October 9, 2014 / 6:45 pm

    I think it is important for people to learn from their mistakes and move on. Otherwise it eats them up inside. I tend to dwell on my mistakes far too much and end up making myself miserable. Although, on the other side of things, I am grateful for everything that I have done/has happened because it has brought me to where I am now.

    Emma |

  18. suzanne3childrenandit
    October 9, 2014 / 12:52 pm

    Too right! I think that’s the sign of maturity – when we can learn to forgive ourselves for ‘mistakes’ and learn from them. Well done you x

  19. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)
    October 9, 2014 / 12:35 pm

    You’re so right and in general I don’t believe in regrets or wish my life had been different because the things I’ve been through and the things I’ve done, both good and bad, have led me to where I am now and I wouldn’t change it. Xx.#brilliantblogposts

  20. maddy@writingbubble
    October 9, 2014 / 10:32 am

    I love that Beth Orton quote and I know what you mean about mistakes. It’s much better to see them as opportunities to learn and if you can move on into a better place because of them then that’s a good thing. #theprompt

  21. October 9, 2014 / 5:05 am

    I love the quote “regrets are just lessons we haven’t learned”. That’s so spot on. Great post.

  22. October 8, 2014 / 8:11 pm

    Absolutely, mistakes are lessons we learn, they make us stronger, more interesting people (that’s what I tell myself!) X #theprompt

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