We all make mistakes in life. From the very first moments of awareness when scolded by our mothers, to the very last breaths of our lives, we are burdened by guilt and shame for the things we have done wrong. Unless, however, we learn that shame is just a silly reaction like jealousy over a neighbors possessions or sadness when we watch a touching movie. Just a reaction.

Today I burnt food to my mom’s favorite aluminum baking dish so that it was beyond recognition. The whole house was filled with smoke and the pan had a thick layer of black crud on the inside. I had left it in the oven to soak but forgot to turn the oven off. FYI– I have burned things really badly before, so don’t ask me to cook for you! Ha

Now this baking dish has some sort of sentimental value (don’t ask me why–my family is weird) because it was a hand-me down. My initial reaction when my dad gave me the news was embarrassment and shame, but with some careful attention to my own thoughts I was able to quickly turn that into ambition and told my dad very enthusiastically that “I know how to fix it!” and set to scrubbing.

I’m glad it was an old aluminum dish, or what I did wouldn’t have worked… I scraped it with a paint scraper and scrubbed with an SOS pad. It actually needed a good cleaning anyway! Moral of the story is mistakes are what you make of them. Relax! Take what ever silver lining you can find and grab on to it!

Hello world!

I wish I could tell people that I woke up one day and knew everything I needed to know to be a fully functioning adult. That wouldn’t make a very interesting story though, and I wouldn’t have decided to start this blog.

About 6 months ago I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder and I knew I had to make some changes in my life. After several months, I still do not know what caused it, but I believe that it is something I have been living with for a long time. I finished school recently, and am now entering the “real world” as an adult.

My vision is to carry forward my experiences to readers in order to help them grow and develop a positive outlook in their own in life. I would like to share ways I have learned to simplify the ever growing complexity of our world.