Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Making a Mistake!
I remember once leaving Patzcuaro heading toward Morelia to make the turn to head toward San Miguel.
The sign at the time was one of those that you HAD to know where it was or you would miss it in a blink of an eye. It might still be the same!
As I discovered I was somewhere in the midst of many streets in Morelia, I pulled over next to a man at a light and asked in Spanish "Donde esta San Miguel de Allende?" He pulled out of the traffic and I followed.
He spoke to me in English and told me how to get back to where I needed to be to get on the bypass around the city. But, in the meantime, we had a lovely conversation and I saw parts of Morelia that were not on a tourist map.
I've also driven straight through Leon, a big city, with a big centro, but I made it. I've gotten out and asked a group of businessmen in Guadalajara where the heck the road to Leon WAS? (You have to watch for the sign that says Mexico!) etc. etc. etc. Honestly though, everyone has always been so polite. One person even led me all the way to the bypass in Guadalajara, thankfully. Oh once, I even missed the turn toward Saltillo because I was busy listening to my books on tape. However, the minute I realized I was headed into Monterrey, I did a U-turn across the esplanade and headed out of town as fast as humanly possible!
Making mistakes, to me is always a learning experience. When I would return from trips back in those days, people would ask me where I had gotten lost at and where did I end up. Glad I could bring humor to their lives, ha.
I 've made "doozies" in all avenues of my life! Some are downright funny now. Not so much when they happened. One that also comes to mind was when I was in charge of the building of a multi-story headquarters for a company in Houston. Walking the property with the owner, he asked what was going on a certain wall. Wall paper? Glass? What? I answered, with a straight face, "Where did that wall come from?" Luckily the man had a sense of humor, not realizing I was serious, and he cracked up laughing.
I have a million stories like that about my life of absurdities.
My bottom line on thoughts of mistakes is,"If you live life to the fullest, how can you possibly NOT make mistakes?"
It would be fun to hear about some of your favorite mistakes and learning experience. After all, "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." Helen Keller.