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.”
― Neil Gaiman
Sometimes we forget that mistakes and failure are truly not one in the same. A mistake is an
unsuccessful attempt, but it is proactive in nature. However, failure can be finalizing; it implies giving up. How many people give up before even trying, so fearful of making a dreaded "mistake?"
Even though I struggle at some level with the terminology of "mistake," as it
already implies erroneous behavior, I know why Gainman uses it; he wants us to
embrace our less than perfect "humanness." That, my friend, is a very
freeing concept! May we all embrace our "humanness" in 2013 and strive to meet our full potential!