January 18, 2008

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A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he ways yesterday. -Jonathan Swift

I have been driving for a year and I have never had any problems. No tickets no accidents, one time I hit the side of my garage costing me one of my mirrors but my dad could fix that one. Last Saturday while I was coming out of the garage, I hit my mom’s car… hard. My wheels were out of alignment and there were some sort of plastic/metal/cord hanging from my mangled mirror (the one I didn’t take off before). I gave my mother’s car a nice dent (for personality) and a long scratch to go with it. That is a $500 deductible. Four days later, I (and a cop) found myself speeding in a school zone (that’s 50 dollars on top of the original ticket cost). $150 speeding ticket which was probably long overdue. So this morning I was leaving for school in my mom’s car, because mine is getting fixed, and I hit my dad’s truck. Wow, that deserves a recap; I hit my mom’s car with my car, hit my dad’s car with my mom’s car, and got an expensive speeding ticket all in one week. How does that happen? Now, I am sure there is a way to make this into some sort of really meaningful metaphor but I will leave that up to your own creativity. Although I am in quite a bit of debt (my pride is in so much pain that I will not reject donations and that was a joke, maybe if I hit my house in the next few days), I will always look behind me before backing up. Regret is the most excruciating, pointless feeling. As cliche as that sounds, we learn through mistakes and they are a part of life. Too much time is spent pondering what we could have done or what we could have said that we miss out on a lot of time we could have to improve. What I am really saying is never back up without checking all angles for other cars or objects.

Dear Moms and Pops

This was not in any way justification for my many small catastrophes. I fully understand the magnitude of my actions (or actions that did not take place such as looking diagonal from my car... twice).

Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error. -Cicero