MM – Making mistakes

For the first Monday of 2015, I wrote about changing up the look of my blog, and remembering how my late father taught me to code. Now, for this last Monday of the year, as I get ready to head to my four week post-surgical checkup, I’m finding it kind of awesome that I’m in the middle of rebooting my internal code.

This is the time of year everyone and their uncle thinks about resolutions. I’ve seen the Neil Gaiman quote from 2001 floating through my newsfeed frequently in the past few days. You know the one – “May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”

Turns out he wrote another in 2011 that I like even more. In fact, I’ve paired it with a picture I took last night of the waning Christmas full moon. Seemed rather fitting.

Making mistakes

What are your resolutions for 2016? Be sure to shout out in the comment section – I’d love to hear them. Here’s to hoping we all make some glorious mistakes in the coming year.

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“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.” ~ Neil Gaiman, 2011

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  1. Oh, I love that quote! How perfect, how fitting. (Even though he’d probably cringe at my calling it ‘perfect.’) I am working on self-acceptance and doing things outside my comfort zone for 2016, which makes this quote great. I am afraid of pretty much everything, and I need to do better at pursuing things that scare me (unless they could kill me, and then I still say no-thank-you).

    Thank you for sharing this gem of a quote! Happy New Year!

  2. What a great juxtaposition of the internal code tweaking.

    I have a yoga teacher who thinks falling over is the greatest thing, for it shows that you’re at your edge.The Gaiman quote resonates for me in the same way.

    I aim to write regularly on the schedule I’ve set for myself. And fall over once in awhile.

    1. Thank you, Lori. I like the way your yoga teacher thinks – especially given how often I fall over on any given day. *grin*

      Those sound like great goals. I wish you the best of luck in achieving them.

  3. I’m laughing after reading this because life feels like it’s filled to the brim with mistakes. Either something is failing, I’m missing deadlines or fighting with someone over things I say or do (or don’t say or don’t do). It’s all so frustrating at times, especially when there are mistakes I refuse to apologize for deciding to make in the first place.

    Wishing you a year full of growth and many mistakes that lead to beautiful things

    1. That’s one of the reasons I love the quote so much – it helps make something frustrating into something smile-worthy.

      Thank you for the new year wishes, and I wish much the same for you, Cristy!

  4. No resolutions or goals for the year, except that I’m starting another programming language in a few weeks, so I may claim that one if I can’t think of another soon.

    I do like the Gaiman quote, though it needs qualifying as to what sort of mistakes. The ones we learn from and move on from or the ones that decimate aspects of a person’s life. It feels like making mistakes — at times — is a luxury. Gaiman has such a strong base in so many aspects of life that I think he can take chances that others can’t afford to take.

    1. Another programming language, Mel? I’m almost afraid to ask how many you already know!

      I hadn’t really considered that aspect of making mistakes, and I do understand what you mean. Definite food for thought.

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