By Shannon Burns
Every morning when we wake up, we wake up to a new day: a day that we haven’t made our mark on yet and a day in which we can choose what will happen, where we will go, and who we will be. Whatever happened the day before is now in the past. Isn’t that an exciting idea?
In her novel, “Anne of Green Gables,” L.M. Montgomery writes, “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.” If you are familiar with “Anne of Green Gables,” you know that the main protagonist, Anne Shirley, is prone to making mistakes due to her temper and constant presence in her own imaginative world. However, despite the many mistakes that she makes, she learns from each of them over time and is able to move forward with a new understanding about who she is, who she wants to be, and what is right and wrong. Anne tries to look at tomorrow as the clean slate that it is, which is not always easy. Still, no matter how hard Anne may try, she never stops making mistakes, and neither do any of us.
Making mistakes is a part of human nature and something we cannot free ourselves from, as much as we may want to. We can and should try to minimize our mistakes by acting and speaking carefully so as to avoid doing or saying something that we will regret, but we can’t escape all our human tendencies. Mistakes are an important part of life because they help us to grow. We go through certain experiences that might make us cringe, but which teach us something about ourselves, about the world, and about the changes that we can and should make. Depending on how we respond to them, our mistakes can shape us and make us into better people.
The concept of tomorrow, a day that is yours to mold and manipulate the way that you choose, is thrilling and endearing. Tomorrow is filled with endless possibilities. Now, mistakes can never be completely forgotten. They will always be with us and they should be there as constant reminders of how to act. We should always strive to do what is right and to avoid mistakes as best that we can. But we also have to accept our flaws and not dwell on them. In general, life is about the choices that we make and we can choose for tomorrow to be a better day. It is up to you. These ideas are expressed in the sequel to “Anne of Green Gables,” “Anne of Avonlea:” “Well, we all make mistakes, dear, so just put it behind you. We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.” We are all similar to Anne in our tendencies to make mistakes, but we can be similar to Anne also in terms of how we handle and respond to our mistakes, as well as how we approach tomorrow as a new day full of opportunities to be better and do better.