Neil Gaiman’s 2011 new year’s wish came up recently on my Facebook feed and it really resonated with me.
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.
It’s scary to make mistakes. We’re conditioned to seek the “right” answer (and quickly). Turns out, very little about life has a “right” answer. So be brave, get out there and “make glorious, amazing mistakes.”
What do you want to try this year? How are you going to push yourself?