Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My biggest mistake

Wednesday, September 25: Write about a time you screwed up - a mistake you made. 

Today's Blogtember post is a challenge to write about a mistake you've made. Wow, what a difficult thing to write. This is difficult not because I believe I have made no mistakes, but rather because I've made so many mistakes in my 22 years of life.

So after much self reflection I've decided to share this mistake with you: Not listening to my gut.

I think 95% of my mistakes can be attributed to this. I wish I could say that I've never bent to peer pressure, that I've never once changed my mind based on someone else's opinion, but that would be a lie. Countless times I've second guessed myself, thinking instead that someone else knew better than me. The worst part of this is that I often don't even realize when I do it.

The thing about not listening to your gut is that at that moment you give control of your life to someone else. You stop accepting responsibility, and instead push the burden of blame onto someone else. You move from the driver's seat to become a passenger in your own life.

This is my greatest mistake, my biggest regret. I wish I could end this post promising I'll never make this mistake again, but I know I would never follow through on that. So instead I leave you wish this promise: I will be more conscious of when I don't listen to my gut. I will actively acknowledge these mistakes, because I believe the only way to fix a problem is to recognize it exists.

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