Wise men say, Mistakes are meant to make one happy.
Have you ever felt that way? It might sound weird but, I have.
So when I was learning to ride my bike, I was actually learning a whole lot of other things as well. I picked up the balancing act in 2 days & kept practicing it in my backyard.
The real challenge began when I took it to the road. I kept to the left side but the moment I saw a vehicle coming from the opposite side, it totally used to freak me out and my entire balance would wobble.
One fine morning instead of going for my regular morning walks/jogging I decided to take my bike out. Visualise a lane with a playground on one side and an old Ambassador parked on the other in front of one of the houses on that side.
The lane looks something like this one.
The moment I entered this lane a van was speeding up from the opposite side towards me. Now that I ride my bike regularly I know that this isn’t reason enough to get scared. But that day, the only thing my head told me was to not get scared and ride past through the left side – the heart wasn’t giving me the same strength – so I sped up but when I was about to cross the Van I got so scared that I put my feet on the ground.
Next moment I found the bike dashing into the parked Ambassador with my left leg stuck between my bike and the car.
I don’t have an explanation for what followed. I was smiling. Yes, you heard that right. My leg was bleeding and I wasn’t feeling any pain. It came to me as a moment of extreme happiness at the realisation that I had made a mistake and that I was going to learn immensely from it.
The bike was over me so someone had to pick it up because I couldn’t have. A middle aged man having his morning tea by a roadside stall came running to help. He lifted the bike and parked it aside.
All I did was get up, brush off the dust, thank him and afterwards happily rode back home. Because it was bleeding I dressed it up, but that was the first and last time I ever gave it any attention. The mark remains, probably it’ll be there for a lifetime.
I want to keep it.
After this day, I grew confident exponentially. An automatic response to a problem actually solved the issue.
Trust me, it felt crazy when I got reminded of it months later.
“This part of my life..this little part is called happiness“.
I have felt it. Mistakes are beautiful. Having said that, it doesn’t mean a car has to hit you to knock sense into you. The next time you feel sad about a breakup, you feel like shying away from facing a crowd, you’re not confident about your communication skills Or you feel that you’ve chosen the wrong career – tell yourself it’s okay. Feel happy that all of this has happened, because you’re going to learn so much from these mistakes and come out as a stronger personality, a richer human. Know that better days are coming 🙂
Here’s to mistakes!