Mistake: “An action or judgment that is misguided or wrong.” –Google Dictionary. Everybody makes mistakes. It’s human nature. In most mistakes, there is always good. That is, only if you learn from it. In my situation, I went through a variety of mistakes. Although I do not regret any of them as I would never be where and who I am today. I am happy to say that the mistakes are in the past but the lesson I learned from all of it will never be forgotten.
The first mistake I made was lack of judgment. I knew that I was beginning to start to hang out with the wrong crowd. After ignoring numerous signs, including knowing what these people did, I continued to be influenced by them. I never thought it would get to the point of me following in their footsteps, I thought I would be able to control my actions, but unfortunately I proved myself wrong. The lesson I have learned from this is to pay attention to what your intuition tells you. If you think you are doing something wrong, or you know it’s bad, then it most likely is.
The other mistake was not distancing myself from the bad influences, and unfortunately continuing on to making the decision of shoplifting. From this I have learned that peer pressure is overrated. It’s wrong to pressure anyone into something they don’t want to do, and it’s wrong to give in. At the time, it is hard to realize the positive side of things. Most people only think about what they will think of you and how you will be treated afterwards, and if they’re going to tell others that you’re a “scaredy cat” or “chicken”. What it’s hard to see is that in the long run, it doesn’t matter what others think of you. By doing what you think is right, you gain self-respect and by having that, you will gain respect of others. This particular one is very hard to grasp, but I am glad to say I have learned it and will never forget this.
I have no one to blame but myself for this wrong doing. We all make decisions...