Sometimes we need to be reminded that it's okay to make mistakes. I used to be so afraid of messing up or making the wrong decision that I boxed myself into a life of fear. I wouldn't travel down roads I was unfamiliar with and I would pre-plan and analyze every detail of my life. Work, life, faith, dating, you name it. If I couldn't figure it out, I wasn't going to be a willing participant of it. Friends couldn't even surprise me with anything because that would require me not knowing. I remember getting a text one day from a trusted mentor that said, "Don't be afraid to make a mistake. Go boldly in the direction of what you want." I've had friends trying to get me to do that for years but that one text message was the last time I needed to hear it.
I realized I don't have to play it safe on every single decision. In fact, doing so was making life dull, frustrating, and stressful. So I stopped analyzing and reanalyzing every detail of my emails before I sent it. Listen, it could easily take me 45 minutes to an hour to send one email making sure it was 'perfect.' I stopped trying to have everything figured out. I wouldn't know every detail about a person I'm dating. Some things are revealed over time. I stopped putting my friends in a box on how they chose to love me or give into my life. I stopped putting ceilings on my faith because I didn't know why certain things weren't happening in the way I expected. The unthinkable began taking place in my life. I was...happier. The stress of life immediately started lifting. My days, weeks, and months were fun again. I connected with others more often and even in a more intimate way.
I encourage you. It's okay to make mistakes. No matter what, you are still awesome, you are still loved, and your future is still extremely bright.