Quick Reminder: It’s Okay to Fail

I do my my best thinking while lying in bed. And by thinking I mean stressing. Last night when I couldn’t sleep, I kept thinking about all of the things that are currently giving me stress. One of those was the fact that I had failed. One of my new years vows was “to do at least one really creative project”. On January 1st I started another 365 photo project and I anticipated that being the aforementioned creative project. Well, not even halfway through, I let it slide. It was something that was becoming a chore and it just wasn’t as fulfilling as I thought it’d be. I failed. Of course that one thing snowballed into a reminder of the multitude of unfinished things in my life (I’m a master at starting things but not seeing them through) and I almost reached “cold-sweat” territory. Ugh.

The nice thing is that when I woke up I had completely forgotten about all that late-night anxiety and realized I had a few other items on that new years list. Looking at the list now, I think I’m doing a pretty good job of sticking to most items. And here’s the thing: even though that one creative project failed, I realized that I have another on the horizon that I’m really excited about. So if anything, this is a simple reminder to myself that it’s okay to fail. Not only is it okay, but it’s important to reflect on how that failure can be turned into something positive. Now if only my late-night self could remember that…

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