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Most people fail several times at some point in their lives. It’s a necessary and fundamental frequency of life because we are all human. People have to generally fail at something before they find success. I am going to share with you my worst failure and something I will always look back at and regret to the day I die.
Two years ago, when I was 17 years old I went on a family vacation to Cabo San Lucas Mexico.
My family goes every other year. It is one of my favorite places in the world to go. The ocean is bright blue, and the beaches are so clean. The weather is always perfect and sunny and the palm trees all around you make you feel like you’re in paradise. When my family goes to Cabo San Lucas we usually vacation for two weeks. After enjoying the first four days of my vacation something dramatically changed.
One night when everyone was supposed to be asleep I heard my dad crying out side on the balcony in the hotel room we were at. I knew something was very wrong because my dad never cries. Not knowing what to do I decided to try and fall asleep and just ask him in the morning. When I woke up the first thing I noticed when I walked into my parents’ room was that all of their bags were packed like they were ready to go back home to Michigan.
I asked my dad what was wrong, and he told me that his dad and my grandpa died last night from a heart attack. It caught my dad off guard and everyone in the family off guard and broke my heart because my grandpa was my best friend. My grandpa had no health problems what so ever and was a very healthy man. Then my mom told me that both her and my dad are going home to Michigan to pay respects to my grandpa and attend his funeral. They told me I could either come with them and leave the vacation early and attend the funeral or stay here with my 19-year-old sister and fly home with her. I had a huge decision to make. Me and my sister talked about it together and both decided to stay here in Mexico and not go home with my parents to Michigan to attend my grandpa’s funeral. To this day and for the rest of my life I will always regret this decision to stay in Mexico and not go to my grandpa’s funeral. I instantly regretted my decision the moment my parents left, and it was just me and my sister in Mexico. I knew that I messed up and failed. I failed to show my respects to one of the best human beings I have ever met in my entire life. My grandpa went to almost all of my baseball games and sporting events and always was there for me. I realized I had the choice to be there for him and I chose to lay on a beach in paradise instead of showing him and the rest of my family my respects to him and what he meant to me.
To this day I don’t blame or get mad at anyone but myself for this failure to show my respects to a great man who died. When I look back at the mistakes I made to create this failure I think by far the #1 mistake I made was selfishness. By choosing to stay in Mexico I was selfish and only thought about myself and no one else including my grandpa who I can never show my respects to ever again. Another mistake I made was clear thinking and critical decision making. My dad never told me he was mad at me for not being there at the funeral and choosing to stay in Mexico, but I know for a fact he was disappointed in me and my decision to stay. The last mistake I made was not thinking to myself what God would want me to do in this scenario.
When I think about this failure that I made in my life it always to this day makes me sad inside and feel depressed. But by failing I have learned to never take respect for you family and death for granted. I have learned that you can only show your respects to people once and once that funeral is over there is no going back. I have also learned that I need to learn to be more selfless and take time to make better decisions and think critically about all outcomes and who your decisions may impact. Lastly, I have learned that decisions are not made to be made alone and that considering other peoples impact especially Gods and people close to you is vital to success.
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