What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

Once upon a time, on a planet in the sky, lived a little, round kid, who was a pretty swell guy.  A teacher for many children, even a role model for me and you, this boy always just did his best because that’s the best that he could do.

Rolie Polie Olie may have been small and smart and round, but in his land of curves and curls he was a source of constant wisdom, life lessons and encouragement for young children.  The idea of putting your best foot forward and giving every task your all isn’t just a great adage for children, however.  Giving all you undertake your best effort is something everyone forgets at one moment or another as we rush through the typical tasks of our daily lives.  We fail to measure up to our true potential or think things through fully, leading to what we believe are mistakes, failures or missed chances.

Yet what we see as regrets are simply not so.  Like Jennifer Garner’s mother in ’13 Going on 30’ says, you’ll never learn how to make things right if you don’t first make mistakes.  While we may make many blunders along the way, big and small, these supposed missteps help guide us on the path we’re destined to stroll down in life – the same path we’ve been on all our lives, whether it seems like it or not.

Each step takes us where we are meant to be, even if the road to where we’re going gets a bit rocky on the way.  Instead of letting the past and all the decisions we’ve made be a burden, we must allow such actions to teach us what we want from ourselves and from life.  In fact, we should be thankful for these are the experiences that make us individuals.

Everything you do becomes who you are.  If you don’t like yourself, then perhaps your actions and ways of living need to change.  Regrets solve nothing, so do not chalk all your apparent failures up to your inability to make the right decisions.  When something goes wrong, it also shows you how good things could be when all goes right.  None of this time is wasted for you are learning about who you are and becoming the best version of yourself so far.  You gain perspective on where you’re headed and where you truly want to be, building the ambition to go out and get what you want from life.

Look back on all you’ve done and see how it has led to this particular moment in your life.  If one thing – just one – had happened differently, you may not be right where you are right this moment.  Hopefully you like where you are and appreciate the past for leading you where you currently are.  But if you are still not content, never think it is because of something you did wrong.  As long as you look to each moment as a lesson Rolie Polie Olie might teach, you will always find a way to keep going and continue making things right.


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