Inspired to Make Mistakes

Digital initiatives manager Jamie Martin dedicates 2013 to making mistakes and learning from them.

In addition to working full-time as the digital initiatives manager for Experience Life, I also teach one or two prenatal yoga classes per week at Blooma, a prenatal yoga studio here in the Twin Cities (my next blog post will be about why I got into this, so stay tuned!). As I was preparing for my usual Wednesday evening class last week, I went in search of an inspiring passage about the New Year to read during savasana, or final resting pose. Upon googling “New Year, inspiring quotes,” thousands of results were returned. It only took a few quick clicks and page scans, though, for me to find this one by author Neil Gaiman:

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

Sometimes I get so caught up in trying to make everything perfect (at work, at home, in my creative pursuits), that I freeze when they’re not just so. I hold back instead of pushing forward, instead of allowing myself to fail — to make mistakes.

So inspired by the passage above, I’m dedicating 2013 to taking more chances and putting myself out there in ways that are uncomfortable, challenging — even scary. This year, I’m going to make mistakes, learn from them and grow.

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