Reflecting on life has become something of a necessity when working out where we go wrong or indeed completely right. From infancy, we learn to eat, drink and eventually ask why, questioning all the things we are yet to understand and are inquisitive about. This is the norm for anyone developing from a child to teenager and finally, adulthood. These are sustainable human requirements which are repeated day in and day out without hesitation or the risk of hurting yourself and others; more commonly known as survival.
So, what about the lessons learned that need never be repeated? The term valuable life lesson, to me, suggests that our lives would be richer in content if we have the mind to recognize and acknowledge something which has affected us both in a positive and negative way. The only way to truly understand what valuable lessons mean to people is to ask them. One of the lessons I have learned is to know who my true friends and loyal family are, and I do so I asked them.
Knowing how important it is for me to express my thoughts through the written word, they were more than willing to offer me their interpretations of what is valuable to them. They all have their reasons but somehow, the message is clear and united even though some have never met in person. Never take anything or anyone for granted, you don’t know what’s around the corner, love and cherish those who are worthy of your time and accept, without bitterness, that there will be those who are not.
You might say that these are all obvious points but sadly not everyone shares these altruistic views and have fallen foul to bad education, closed minds and fear of anything that might actually release them from familiar tendencies. The most poignant lesson, as expressed by a creative soul, is to appreciate your personal uniqueness; to celebrate it without shame or fear of doing so. Each of us has a talent or gift which can be suppressed due to unforeseen circumstances and even sabotage steering you off course and in no mans land.
There is no magic compass to direct you back and map reading isn’t everyone’s strong point; but why go back? Celebrate that you are able to move forward, the only mistake would be to stay where you are, blame the world and the people in it and persecute yourself for ignoring the only guide that is worth following; your instinct.
© Michelle Sotiriou 2014
“You can never make the same mistake twice because the second time you make it, it’s not a mistake, it’s a choice”.