Saturday, May 23, 2015

Don’t Learn From Your Mistakes

Don’t learn from your mistakes. Otherwise you become the sum total of things that have gone wrong in your life. The remainder of the bad experiences. The lowest common denominator of missteps.
Don’t arrive fifty minutes early to the airport for the next two hundred and thirty flights because you missed one by five minutes. Don’t stop trusting everyone when you were deceived by one person. There is nothing as realism; there is optimism and the opposite. Don’t give up on giving speeches when you gaffed on one. The result of errors is for you to understand and not memorize. To enjoy greatly you have to suffer greatly. Do not take a first aid box wherever you go. Do not make a list of things to carry because you could not find one of them in the three hundred trips you took. Cast off the bowlines. There is no new world to be found in the harbour.

It is the sign of old men. To wallow in faults and drink to oversights. Reduced to the smallest result of your biggest slip. Only great men make great mistakes. Rest of them just worry about it. There are little profits in being a safe adventurer. It’s better to be original in at least the blunders you performed. Do not become backup of a backup. A porter of power banks, spare toothbrushes and ready to eat food. The person who carries extra movies because he was bored once on a long trip. Trust your friends even after they’ve let you down. Remember they did not let you down the other two million times. Multiply the trust by what abides, don’t divide it by what was taken
Don’t become afraid while calling it cautious. Wear your heart on your sleeve. Wipe it and put it back on when someone throws it in the gutter. Look at the moon’s reflection in the puddles and not the craters in the moon. Remember there are infinite moons out there when you can’t see yours. Don’t save for the rainy day. Your backpack should be binoculars, photos and trinkets you collected over the years and not mistrust, a spare charger and an umbrella. Order Thai food again even if you did not like it in the last restaurant. Don’t always go in what is recommended. People who tie up safety nets always land in them.

Death closes all; but something before the end, some work of noble note, may yet be done. Be youthful even if you are not young. Remember the things you didn’t do also hurt as much as the things you did. Wounds heal but regrets do not. Ten thousands ways how not to make light bulb is a discovery worth making. You are no too old for this shit. Muscles weaken, vigour does not. Speak up even after you were shot down. Take out your car the next day you had an accident, think of the three hundred and sixty four days when you didn’t. Take unfamiliar roads. Trust your gut over the butterflies in it. Chase the butterflies. Trip and fall. Get up and leap but Don’t learn from your mistakes.

Remember. We are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are. One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will.
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. 

P.S – Inspired by the Ulysses - Poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson

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