“Mistakes have the power to turn you into something better than you were before.”
One thing that I struggle to remember, and that often causes me anxiety, is that life is a learning experience. Mistakes are made. You are going to accidentally hurt someone’s feelings, repeat a rumor rather than stopping it, or do something that causes a negative effect on someone else’s life. As difficult as it may be, especially for someone with anxiety, you need to forgive yourself. And I need to forgive myself.
No one is perfect. We all strive for it. We don’t try to spread rumors or hurt feelings, but it happens. You have an opinion and you can voice it and it might offend someone. You’re going to say things and accidentally hurts someone’s feelings. You may hear something that goes along with something you know to be true and simply repeat it, even if it isn’t a true statement. It doesn’t make it right; it makes us human.
This is something that I struggle with severely. If I repeat something that I heard then think back on it and realize that it probably was just a rumor, I feel terrible. If I say something that potentially hurt someone’s feelings, I freak out. It can cause me to have a panic attack or a sleepless night over something trivial or small. I suddenly worry that I’ve ruined that person’s life with a rumor or that that person’s pain is all my fault.
Things happen. We all make mistakes and there is no way for any of us to know everything or be perfect, or even close to perfect. As long as you try to be the best person you can be, remembering that perfection is impossible and that life is a learning experience, you will be okay. The world will be okay.