Memorial Day: a time enjoy life and appreciate the many privileges we’re all afforded in our lovely land. But more importantly, a fleeting period of time that serves as a reminder for each of us to pause, to remember, and to reflect on our surroundings; everything we’ve lost and everything we’ve gained. Set aside a moment over the next few days to remember those who lost their lives defending our country; remember those who served and came out of the trenches as writers, teachers and mentors, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live.
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.
Let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been, full of work that has never been done, full of tasks, claims, demands and 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.