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Arggggghhhhhh! I shrieked when I turned to my computer screen and saw that half of my work had been deleted. With my carelessness I must have hit the delete button and erased a good three hours of work. Before I completely passed out on the floor in agony, I took my cursor and hit edit, click and undo. Thankfully, everything I thought I lost was recovered and I was given the opportunity to start again.

After my melodramatic performance was finished, I began to think about how much easier life would be if we had an “undo” button.  During every consequence from a poor decision, you could easily say “ummmmm, no thank you” and then click undo and everything is good as new! I chuckled to myself as I made a mental list of all the mistakes I would have undone. In theory, it would be a great idea but how would you learn lessons and overcome bad decisions you’ve made? It would not only take away from your endurance in life but your humility to show that as humans, we all make mistakes.

Some choices we make are out of pure ignorance and others are intentional. If it weren’t for mistakes in the past we wouldn’t be who or where we are today. As humans, we can be hardheaded so it’s important that we go through the full process of the consequences, good or bad, because these experiences define us. They shape what we stand for and what we’ll put up with in our lives. I know we’ve all heard the phrase “everything happens for a reason” but it truly does.

So, don’t let regret hang over your life or beat yourself up every chance you get. Instead, look at your mistakes from beginning to end, see what you’ve learned, add it to the list of  all your other great qualities and keep rising to the top!

Miracles & Blessings,

Ellisa Oyewo

As a New York City storyteller, filmmaker, digital content creator, and PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.

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