Making the same mistakes

In which making the same mistakes over and over is not a problem.

The Thinker by Rodin

They say the definition of madness is making the same mistakes over and over again. It could be keep gambling your money away, going out with the wrong kind of people or just writing the same post that you did 10 days ago.

I’ve made plenty of mistakes that I keep on repeating, but my tenacity in finding new ways to go wrong has got me to the great place in life I’m currently in. It took a walk around the zoo to make me realise this.


While we are in New York we took the opportunity to visit the Bronx Zoo, a place Mrs G has been many times but my first time. After travelling around the monorail looking tigers, elephants and deer (is it just me but are deer and antelope just zoo filler?) I thought to myself “Life is pretty okay right now”.
Baby at the zoo with Mrs G and a panther in the background
There I was having a great day with my wife and daughter, enjoying the good weather and the fact I can go to New York, and it made me remember some of the times life wasn’t so good. Now though I was in a much better place in life and it was all because of mistakes I had previously made.

I had chased after numerous unobtainable females causing no end of heartbreak, each time I didn’t learn my lesson and as soon as I had recovered I would start the pursuit anew. My advice for those who were in the same position would be to not make the same mistake, to accept that there are not plenty of fish in the sea and to prevent yourself from being hurt.

If I had listened to my own advice I would never of have started to talk to Mrs G.

I tell people that they should stick in a job and work to get somewhere, but I chop and change jobs and by taking the opportunities of promotion and increased pay rises I have been able to come to New York.

Throughout life my success has come from making the same mistakes again and again. Without taking the shots you can never hope to score, and if you win bigger than you lose than that is worthwhile.

Perhaps the real definition of madness is never wanting to try to make a mistake in the first place.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Well, I Never….”

Tell us about something you’ve done that you would advise a friend never to do.

Author: geekergosum

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