When Little Miss was younger, she loved to watch Magic School Bus. The Husband and I were happy because if was one of the few children's programs that we enjoyed just as much as Little Miss did. If you haven't seen Magic School Bus, google it. You won't regret it. Anyway, the teacher in MSB, Miss Frizzle, always gives her class these instructions before going on one of their scientific adventures: Take chances. Make mistakes. Get Messy. I always loved those instructions. But they are wonderful life lessons as well as animated tv lessons.
Take chances - I want my daughter to take chances in life. I want her not to take the easy way out. Sometimes life is hard. Safe doesn't always mean right. Take a chance. You might be surprised about what happens. It's ok to not know the end before you get there.
Make mistakes - It's ok to make mistakes. No one is perfect. And if you do make mistakes, at least you'll know you tried something different. That way, you won't be left with regrets about the road not traveled.
Get messy - Life isn't simple. There aren't too many easy choices. Sometimes your heart will get broken. Sometimes you'll break someone else's heart. It happens. When your heart breaks, more often than not, it heals stronger than it started. The times you get messy, the times you make mistakes, those can be your best learning experiences.
Thanks, Miss Frizzle!