Written By: Austin Szubryt
Anxiety is a normal part of life. Failure is not unexpected; errors are anticipated. Everyone has bad days; we all feel disappointment to a degree. We can’t foresee and prevent every possible mistake. Yeah, it’s unfortunate. So what can we do about it?
We could complain about it. We could shrug the weight off of our shoulders and blame it on fate. We could stay down in the dumps. We could walk around with little rain clouds above our heads and with a frown on our faces. We could look at every unsuccessful aspect of life and just be angry or upset about it.
Or we could sit down, take a breath, and think for a minute.
One bad test isn’t the end of your life, as much as it may feel like such. One bad week is a downer, sure, but it’s only one week of your life! Feeling upset is bad, but you’re never going to feel better if you can’t move on. We all make mistakes, but it’s not a good reason to feel awful. We just have to see what went wrong and do our best to move on.
As I’ve been told time and time again, there’s no use in crying over spilt milk. I could pout and be sour about a test that went south, but it won’t do me any good. I just have to pick myself up and do my best to remedy my mistakes. I can’t make my situation any better by complaining about class rank or sports or how others treat me. The only thing I can do to change my world is to take initiative for myself.
You can’t really become a better you if someone else forces you to change. You’ve got to take action if you want to alter your situation. If you’re unhappy with how your life is turning out, then don’t warm the bench. Change how you act and how you see the world if you want to see your life go in a different direction.
For being probably the least desired thing in the universe, failure is a surprisingly effective teacher. It shows us where we make our mistakes and what we need to improve. A lot of the time, at least for me, I find that my mistakes only make me want to succeed more. It gives me a boost of motivation to try harder and do my absolute best.
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