I hate geometry.
There was never a class in high school that I was remotely worried about failing until it came to this one.
I am a visual person, but when it comes to visualizing angles, sides and degrees of every triangle, quadrilateral and shape known to the human race, it did not happen for me.
I remember complaining to Mom about how bad I did on one of my tests and how I just could not grasp the concept.
At this time, I was still planning on going back to farm, so Mom’s reply was, “Well, the cows don’t care what you got on a math test, so I would not worry too much about it.”
As helpful as this sarcastic advice was, I could not stand the thought of having such a bad grade—It felt like failure.
The battle with geometry was probably why I hated my sophomore year so much. In all honesty, it is probably a miracle I decided to become a teacher after that year of torture.
As I look back on that time and how geometry challenged me for 32 agonizing weeks, I learned something important; how vital failure is.
It may not be a fun experience, but failure is how we grow as humans.
If everything always went as planned, we would not be able to learn and become more advanced in society.
We experience failure on a daily basis, whether this be in failing a test, failing at a career or being involved in a failed relationship.
We have to be able to learn from the failures in order to move forward. If we move forward and learn from our mistakes, then we will be able to experience success in our future endeavors.
Failure is an art that needs practiced constantly; it takes failure to become perfect.
If we really want to teach success to our children, then we need to teach them why it is more important to recognize and celebrate their failures.
As Bill Gates says, “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”