Sometimes I feel my whole life is wrapped up in the lyrics to a song! I make mistakes every dat. From the irritating - like making coffee when I really wanted something herbal, to the profound - like not properly remembering someone's name, and coming out with the wrong one. All this has got much worse as I get older, and it is so annoying! I talked with my adult daughter about this recently, and we both agreed everyone makes mistakes their whole life through. At work (shop) when I was 16 I remember playing on the till in a quiet patch, and accidentally hitting OK when £9,999,999.99 was on the register! Did I get flack for that! For most of my career I worked in a profession that had at its core complete accuracy. I had a boss who would spot a spelling mistake at 2000 miles. I hated being judged for a simple typo so I started deliberately putting the odd one into my work to give him something to spot. (There's one in this post too). For me its about being judged, isn't it! It's just so easy for people to spot a mistake and damn your whole life for it. Its in our culture. Its all about ego. "I am better than you because I can see you can't spell indefatigable" (quick spell check to make sure!). Up until now I might have curled up - criticism again! - but I think from now on I might just say to myself - "there you go again! Make more mistakes! Allow that error of judgment. The house won't fall down. Life's more interesting when its not all indexed, colour co-ordinated and precision engineered." I think I might also start noticing when things go well - not a mistake in sight. After all that is about 90% of the time!