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MR Writers Club Prompt: The Worst Mistake You’re Glad You Made
06.28.19

Have you heard of the Man Repeller Writers Club? Every month we pose a story idea, you write about it and then send it to us (write@manrepeller.com) with the subject line “MR Writers Club.” We go through all submissions and post the winner on the first Friday of every month. Ready? Let’s go.


The great irony of trying to do the right thing is that, sometimes, the wrong thing is just what you need. A hard lesson, a good cry, a strong jolt to the shoulders. It’s hard to remember that mistakes are a necessary and beautiful part of growth when you’re working so hard to avoid them. But is there any other way?

It’s one of the most maddening paradoxes of life itself—that the right combination of ineptitude, chance, and savvy can make so much more magic than careful deliberation. It’s why great ideas often come from shitty ones; why the people we find annoying can become the ones we love the most. It’s why our greatest missteps have a strange way of landing us right where we belong, and why the phrase “no regrets” has picked up so much tattoo speed.

Should these realities change how we live or what we do? I’m not sure, but what I do know is they can change how we process. For this month’s Writers Club, I want you to mine your life’s biggest mistakes and redeem them. What wrong turn led you somewhere right? How did it feel and how did it change you? Send your answer in 500 words or less to write@manrepeller.com on or before July 26th, and who knows? Perhaps all could be forgiven.

Photos by Louisiana Mei Gelpi.

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