I have made some mistakes in my life. That would be the Artic having a bit of ice. I have made some doozies. And I am just weeks away from another birthday, a birthday that I never thought I would live to celebrate. (Not so fast there, I haven’t reached it yet.)
I disagree with people who say that every mistake is a lesson and a new opportunity. Sometimes mistakes are just a swift kick in the ass. No lesson, (Unless you think: “I won’t do that again.”) is a lesson. No new opportunity. Just a real good ass kicking
But as we grow older and wiser, we begin to realize what we really need and what we need to leave behind. I have run into a lot of “fake” people in my life. Fake people are only there when it is convenient for them. Sometimes it is hard to tell them from genuinely nice people. They can fool us for a time. But the ones who are genuinely nice have an honest heart, keep their promises and never let you down. You can’t fake that.
I have loved and I have lost and I have changed through each. It has been difficult, but I have learned that some of the people stay in your heart and others can hurt you deeply and not even worry about you. People come and go, and that’s life.
I no longer have patience for certain things, rudeness, arrogance, self-righteousness, demands, cheaters, and hypocrisy. I don’t get along with anyone who doesn’t know how to give a compliment or encouragement. I like animals and don’t easily accept those that don’t. I have become less critical of myself. I know I am forgetful, but boy, do I have a lot to forget! I have lived long enough for the hair on my head to migrate into my ears.
I care less about what others think of me.
It is really freeing to not give a shit!