“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n life, a person will inevitably make mistakes as long as they don’t live inside a bubble in some remote destination. So, that pretty much applies to the majority of people living on this planet. Mistakes have been proven to make one stronger, smarter, and more well-rounded, not to mention, valuable life lessons are learned in the process.
Much of society likes to push the idea that we have evolved into “perfect beings” that should never err or slip up once in a while, but that would only make sense if we had somehow morphed into a species of super robots. In short, you should not fear, or purposely avoid mistakes.
Here are 5 ‘mistakes’ you should never have to apologize for:
1.Making decisions that you know will make you truly happy, even if others don’t agree.
In life, you may have already realized that people tend to criticize others for almost any decision they make nowadays. You find a new boyfriend or girlfriend that you absolutely adore, and others just have to rain on your parade and give you 20 reasons why you shouldn’t be with that person. You want to move to a new city, state, or even country, and everyone informs you why that will be the biggest mistake of your life.
People enjoy living vicariously through others, because secretly, they wish they had your life. They only wish they had the bravery or willingness to truly follow their hearts despite any opposition. You don’t have to answer to anyone; just live your life the way that makes you happiest, and you will eventually attract others into your life who have the same go-getter attitude.
2. Putting your needs and desires first, for once.
Somehow, making your own heart happy got twisted into a selfish, egotistical, entitled idea. In reality, no one else can ever offer the happiness that you can give to yourself, so it only makes sense to make your own fulfillment a priority.
If you have taken your life into your own hands instead of waiting on others to teach you how to live it, then you already have mastered an important aspect of self-development. We all have 100% responsibility for how we choose to live our lives, and only by putting our needs first can we ever attempt to then help others in need, too. After all, how can we help others if we don’t first address how to help ourselves?
3. Falling in love with someone who things didn’t end up working out with.
A lot of people have the tendency to look back on past relationships with regret and guilt in their hearts, wishing the relationship had never happened. However, would you be the same person today without experiencing that relationship? Would you have learned all those lessons about life had you never made the decision to be with that person?
You don’t ever have to apologize for your past to anyone; everything that happened to you played a crucial role in your evolution as a spiritual being, and everyone takes a different path in this incarnation. Only you have walked your journey, so only you can truly understand it.
4. For wanting more than your life currently offers you.
Wanting more in life does not make you ungrateful or spoiled; it makes you ambitious. It means you have goals and dreams, and want to fulfill them while you still can. It means you don’t settle for less than you know you’re capable of. Others might view you as just an unrealistic dreamer who will never truly find happiness, but it doesn’t matter what others think in the end.
You can express gratitude about what you’ve been blessed with while still aspiring for more in life, so don’t ever feel bad about having big dreams. Go after them with all your heart, and the universe will surprise you in ways you never imagined.
5. For living in a way that directly challenges the mainstream.
Others like to nitpick every aspect about people’s lives in today’s world, so much so that people actually feel guilty about how they choose to live. Just live in your truth and don’t mind what others say; remember, if anyone feels threatened by how you live your life, they might actually be jealous of you. Sometimes, people feel so uncomfortable and dissatisfied with their own lives that they must bash others in order to make themselves feel better.
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If you want to homeschool your children, live off-the-grid, eat only from your own garden, let food be your medicine, and teach your children peace and love instead of what’s on television, don’t apologize. Everyone deserves to live the life they want without feeling remorseful for simply following their hearts.