Second Chances, Strength, and No Regrets

“If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.” – Mary Pickford

When I woke up this morning, my parents were watching CBS Sunday Morning. The cover story was about an ex-convict turned student, lawyer, and husband. He had been a successful high school student and football player who graduated with scholarships and planned to attend college. He couldn’t handle the stresses of college, dropped out after a semester, had a few jobs, married, had a child, and divorced. He then turned to drugs and alcohol and was convicted for several armed robberies. Sentenced to 20 years in prison, he thought his life was over. But, he turned things around for himself and took correspondence college courses in prison and was released 13 years early. He finished law school, got a job, and remarried. He is waiting to hear about his score on the BAR exam and he and his wife are expecting.

This story absolutely got me thinking about my life, second chances, and what wisdom I can impart on the blog world. We have to take each day as it comes and live life to the fullest because while this man did get a second chance, life may not always allow for that. A lesson that this man tries to teach everyone (especially those in prison—he goes and speaks to them about second chances) is that there are no excuses for not trying. He is the prime example of his lesson. There is no reason that an ex-con can’t make it because this man is proof positive that that’s just not true.

Life Tips:

  1. Second chances are rare but when given the opportunity, take advantage of them.
  2. Don’t live with regret because no matter how good or bad your experience is, you can always learn a lesson.
  3. Believe in your dreams and run with them—they will become your future.
  4. Find your niche in the world and set your mind, heart, and soul to anything that you think is worth accomplishing.
  5. Always make time for things that are important to you.
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  1. Beautifully written, Jessie! I love the concept of getting a second chance. Great post!

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