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Mistakes we should all make

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By Calen McKinney

We all make mistakes. Some are embarrassing, others are hilarious and some just downright make us feel terrible. But I believe some can teach us life lessons and transform us into stronger, better people.

I ran across an article online from "Real Simple Magazine" recently about five mistakes everyone should make in their lifetime.

The headline caught my attention right away. We are conditioned to believe that a "mistake" is something we have done wrong. So, my curiosity about "mistakes" we SHOULD make got the best of me.

Turns out I have done every one of them and learned a few life lessons in the process. Here they are. See how many you have made.

1. Totally embarrass yourself.

I'm guessing the majority of us could simply cite our high school years as embarrassing and call this one a day. I'll say this about some of mine, I had some embarrassing moments while a member of the Campbellsville High School band and a few when I've gotten something wrong in a story you may have read in this very newspaper. I never claimed to be perfect.

2. Ruffle people's feathers.

In the business I'm in, this will naturally happen. I'm sure a few people have been a bit perturbed to see their names in our On the Record section or in the listings of recent criminal action. Others may have taken issue with what I have said in a column or how I worded a story. But, to turn this around, some readers have ruffled my feathers when they have simply not understood the reasons for printing crimes our residents commit or that we can't print rumors without facts to back up the story.

3. Follow trends blindly.

OK, we have all done this ... remember Bugle Boy jeans ("Excuse me, are those Bugle Boy jeans?"), the slap metal bracelets and the beginning of the grunge and gothic clothing movements? I had many of those metal bracelets. I remember them hurting sometimes when I wore them, but that really didn't matter, did it? I also remember filming a Bugle Boy jean commercial with a babysitter once. I hope that tape doesn't still exist ... see No. 1.

4. Be willing to fail - doing something you love.

This one happened for me nine years ago. I failed an honors chemistry class my first semester of college, after I had earned As and one B in my college prep high school science courses. My first life ambition was to be a veterinarian. I don't remember ever wanting to be anything but a vet. Well, you can't complete your degree with a failing grade in a chemistry class. So I accepted that being a vet wasn't likely in the cards for me. I put my beaker down and got another ambition.

Being willing to fail can help us find parts of ourselves we didn't know existed and perhaps lead us on paths we didn't anticipate.

5. Carelessly put yourself at risk.

I've never been a real risk taker, but I guess we still do this to some degree.

I once went on a rollercoaster I was terrified of, just to prove to my friends that I could. I screamed the whole way down.

And I guess each time we write a column that shares some personal details about our lives, we're putting ourselves at risk. We all have our opinions, after all, and some aren't afraid to post them anonymously. To the point, taking a risk can show us that we are stronger than we think.

To read the complete article about these mistakes we should all make, visit shine.yahoo.com/channel/life/5-mistakes-everyone-should-make-2391721.

May we all learn from our mistakes.