Live and Learn
Do you ever wish you could have a do over? Hindsight is 20/20 kind of thing. I have been there more times than I care to admit. Recently my college-aged son had one of those experiences. There was a mistake on his schedule for Spring semester, and he was inadvertently scheduled to be in two different classes at the same time. He was able to get one of the classes at a different time, but not with the same teacher.
This would have been fine except for one thing, he didn’t take my advice when I suggested he not sell back a particular book—an expensive book. I suggested it was the kind of book he might need again and to hang onto it. His argument was the teacher didn’t have it on the book list, so he wasn’t keeping it. Guess what? New teacher, new list and he’s kicking himself for not listening.
Been there done that more than once myself. I enjoy writing characters who are flawed since it makes them feel more real. (Side note, said book was for his writing class.) Yes, real people make mistakes! None of us is perfect. I wish I was, because I hate to mess up.
Back to my son. It all worked out in the end. The publisher had come out with a new edition since first semester and this teacher preferred he have the newest resource, so I rented it for him. He could have saved himself nearly $40, but that’s how life is. We make mistakes and pick ourselves up and keep going.
Keep on keeping on, everyone, and don’t forget to live and learn, so the mistakes weren’t for nothing.
Kimberly Rose Johnson holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, teenage son, and their yellow lab. She writes heartwarming Christian romance for Heartsong Presents and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She enjoys taking long walks with her husband and dog, reading, dark chocolate and time with friends.