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It’s funny. Until yesterday, I actually didn’t have an idea for my “M is for” post at all.

Then, much like the proverbial bus/train, 2 came along at once! First, along came “Money”. I toyed with the idea for a while but wasn’t really convinced that it was really what I wanted to blog about. It’s very personal and, while I’m sure people are interested in other people’s money business, not really quite right.

Then, in the shower (don’t all good things come from a shower? Well, apart from Bobby Ewing, I suppose!) another thought came to me. Mistakes. Everybody make’s ’em. Mostly, we don’t like to admit to ’em but they’re there. Usually for everyone to see.

So here we go…. it’s a brief post…

M is for Mistakes

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” ― Albert Einstein

He had something there, huh?

What mistakes have you made lately? You don’t need to actually tell me, obviously. Sometimes, just admitting them to yourself is enough to enable you to learn and move on. Mistakes are, in my opinion, an essential part of every day life. I’m not saying that making a mistake should be on your daily to-do list or anything but I do think that without mistakes there is little or no growth or real learning.

For sure, if there’s anyone out there living a perfect existence with no mistakes ever, I certainly don’t want to know about it, thank you very much!

Sometimes, I do think it’s better to try something, even if you then find out it isn’t for you, than never try anything at all. That much the great Al and I most certainly agree on.

For example, moving abroad! (see, there is relevance, eventually!)

When we decided to up roots and move to Portugal, it could have gone one of two ways. Either, we managed just fine, settled in and loved life here…. OR … it was the biggest mistake we could have made.

Now, lots of things could have made this a big mistake but the main 2, for us, are…

1) Money

If our business failed (or fails, it’s always a possibility and is our driving force every day we are blessed to be here!) we’d be jobless. Portugal, like many places, is not a place to be jobless. There are no jobs here. Not for expats, on the whole. There are plenty of Portuguese out of work and willing to work for Portuguese minimum wage (remember J is for Jobs?) so why should anyone employ someone expecting double that? It is an ever-present reality that, if we ever ended up without our UK business employment, we would have to move back to the UK.

2) Children/Education

This would be the only other main “kicker”, I think. If the boys had truly hated it and not settled into Portuguese school life, we would most definitely have had to consider the possibility of moving back to England again. Difficult call to make when you’re talking about balancing the needs of two children (needs which may differ wildly!) but definitely something we may have had to deal with.

However, where are the actual mistakes in either of those 2 scenarios?

Personally, if you have a dream, I truly believe that you should follow it. If that dream doesn’t work out (or, worse still, comes crashing down around you) is it not better to have tried and failed than to have never tried at all?

Rather aptly, a quote from Brazilian author, Paulo Coelho! (perhaps the quote was even originally made in Portuguese!)

I’ve umm-ed and ahh-ed about reading one of his books in Portuguese, actually.

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