We have a problem with mistakes–
a problem with imperfection.
We yearn to avoid making mistakes; and we strive
to stop their stench from defining us.
We’re told to learn from mistakes–
to turn them into a positive.
But within that message, lies two contradictory nodes of logic.
In order to define ourselves by the lessons we’ve learned,
we must define those lessons, in part,
by the mistakes we’ve made.
In order to define this current iteration of ourselves,
we must build upon a mistake,
accept and own it as part of our history,
and use it as just another brick in the construction of our lives.
In order to learn, we must let our mistakes define us,
and not for the purpose of
Rather, we can use our mistakes to show
That we have the capacity