edu180atl: becca emerson 10.20.11
Mistakes. They’re not fun to make. Especially when people that look up to you and respect you see your mistakes. People tell me that I’ll learn from my mistakes, but it seems impossible to learn from embarrassment.
Today, I thought I had made the biggest mistake of my life. Everyone whom I entrusted with my secret told me to forget about it and move on. The more people tried to diminish the importance of my mistake, the more important it became to me. I just could not forget about it.
Then later today I told my friend what had happened. She told me that the exact same thing happened to her once! We talked about all the mistakes we had made in our lives. That discussion really brought us closer and helped me to realize that I am not alone.
This discussion with my friend helped me learn the difference between sympathy and empathy. Sympathy is when people feel sorry for you and want you to be happy. They want you to feel good but don’t know how to make you feel good. Empathy means someone putting herself in your place and knowing exactly how you feel. Empathy helps you move on.
I have learned that people can forgive me, and with empathy, I can eventually forgive myself.
Becca Emerson is a seventh grade student at Renfroe Middle School. She enjoys her teachers and learning to better express her ideas in writing. Becca likes to escape reality by playing volleyball at Atlanta Boom. She is learning to live with her mistakes.
Art work by Renfroe eighth grade student, Laurie Ray.