By Helen Foster
Throughout our lives, we will all experience failure one way or another. It doesn’t matter if you’re 3 or 33, things can always go wrong and, according to Murphy’s Law, they will. Now, I could go on and on about how failure is inevitable and there is no escape from death and life is meaningless, but where’s the fun in that? The truth is that failure is not always a bad thing and you shouldn’t treat it so. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
I think we can all agree that our maker projects were not the easiest in the world. Some stressed more than others, but it still was a lot of work. When Lauren, Dhivya, Sammie and I originally sat down and decided we were making a dollhouse, we never predicted it would be so hard and time consuming. We even had to add another team member, Izzy, because we couldn’t do it all ourselves. We were so caught up in what we thought we should be doing that, it turned out we were doing everything wrong. We had cut our wood incorrectly and needed to begin over again, which put us very far behind. It seems like this would be a horrible catastrophe for us, but as it turns out it actually helped us because we all now know how to properly create corners. Yay for failure!
There was another point in our project where Izzy and I went on Nepris with a woman who makes dollhouses for a living and it turned out we had not even made the right structure for a proper dollhouse but we had already started over once so we didn’t have time to redo everything again and waste materials. We had failed, but we flipped it around and took it as a lesson to always master your craft before trying to make a masterpiece.
We can probably all agree that we generally do not like to fail or do something wrong, but we have to put aside our differences and realize that failure is not something to be ashamed about or shamed for. Instead of feeling bad for ourselves, we should be celebrating our chances to improve and grow as people. We’re always going to fail, so why not make the best out of it?