Do you remember being a kid and getting a “do over” when something went wrong in a game? Maybe you didn’t kick the ball as far as you thought it should go or you didn’t make the catch and you called for a do over. It was great because for a quick moment in time, you could turn the clock back and get a free shot to do it better the second time around.
Sometimes it worked out better, sometimes it didn’t, but there was a lot of hope and power in the do over. At some point, kids started calling out “No do overs” and it seemed as if you lost the power to create your own second chance. Or at least you thought you did. For a long time, I believed that once I started down a path, I was bound to finish what I started, no matter the outcome and no matter whether I thought it was what was best for me and my family.
Don’t quit something just because it gets hard. Doing hard things makes you stronger. But there is a lot of power in giving yourself a do over in life. Think about something you dread doing - it may be something small (that 1000-piece puzzle or self-help book that you can’t seem to finish) and it may be something big (the job/friendship/family member that you dread). Then think about why you are still doing it. If you can’t figure out why you’re still doing it, quit. It’s never too late in life for a do over.
Christy Crow is an attorney with Jinks, Crow & Dickson, P.C.