"Everything I've done in life got me to right here, right now, so I've got no complaints," said Harry Fisher of Nashville, Tennessee, consoling himself that there are no "mistakes." "It's all just a question of perspective."
Fisher explained that, in the past, before learning that mistakes were just a frame of mind, he'd beat himself up for blowing his education and losing a college scholarship due to heavy partying and lack of focus, ultimately managing to cobble together an associate's degree at a community college.
"But I see now that it all worked out exactly as it was supposed to," said Fisher, who now works for Nashville Electric Service, changing out gas meters. "I don't have to sit in an office all day, which is awesome. I'd hate to have ended up doing that."
Fisher noted that another area of his life in which he'd previously had regrets is his relationships. "I used to say that the biggest mistake of my life was cheating on my girlfriend, Tara, who was the love of my life. But now I realize that I was so focused on her and the life we were building together that I'd totally lost track of my true passion, which is playing guitar."
Now, single for over ten years, Fisher spends at least an hour or two jamming after work most days, and his guitar-playing has significantly improved. "I'm also thinking of learning bass."
All told, Fisher feels quite comfortable with the life he's lived and all the things he's done and not done - and "mistake" is no longer part or his vocabulary. "I just assume whatever I do is for the best. Things pretty much work themselves out from there."
He added, "Besides, whether we even have free will is still an open question. But we can talk about that another day."