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Why Do Mistakes Happen?

Yesterday, as I was watching the Oscars I was thinking to myself: “This is an amazing event indeed. Not only are they doing it live, they are doing it without a single stutter in the entire show.”

This was around the time when Emma Stone got the Oscar for the best actress. I stopped watching after that as there was something else that demanded my immediate attention. A few minutes later, I logged on to Twitter and was surprised to see my Timeline flooded with tweets about the goof up at the Oscars.

It was as if I had jinxed the Oscars. The day I commended the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on their ability to host a show immaculately, they committed the biggest mistake of their history.

I think this mistake, like any other mistake, is just another reminder of the fact that however well prepared we may be, mistakes will happen. Shit, as they say, will hit the roof every now and then.

There is no point in crying over mistakes. All we can do is learn from them, so we don’t repeat them. More often than not, there are quite a few things that we can learn from mistakes.

For example, after yesterday, there are a lot many people who now know how the Oscars award ceremony really works. After the goof-up, all major news sites were ready with explanations about how the mistake happened. If the mistake hadn’t happened, I am sure none of us would have tried to find out about the behind-the-scenes systems at the Oscars.
I guess the point is that mistakes will happen, and should happen.

Why, you ask?

The best answer can be found in Thomas Payne’s words (Bruce Wayne’s father, if you didn’t know):

And why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.

Do you think we learn from our mistakes?

(Image courtesy: Tumisu from Pixabay)

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