Corey Trench's Blog: My Growing Life


Mistakes, I’ve Made a Few
January 6, 2010, 3:59 am
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One of the many reasons I hesitated to create a blog was the fear of making mistakes. Spelling mistakes, grammar mistakes, and even factual mistakes.  It’s a risk that many bloggers take when they start to write their blogs.  After all, most of them aren’t professional writers by trade (No offense blogger community.  Please, don’t hurt me).

So, if I have such trepidation of writing a blog, why does one exist before your very eyes?

Back to the Future Poster

"Whoa, Doc!"

Let’s go back in time, shall we?  Come on. You all love a good time travel story.  That’s why Back to the Future is so awesome! However, I don’t intend to travel far enough to play matchmaker with my parents and ensure my own existence in the present.  No, let’s go back to 1998.

Ah.  ’98.  That’s when Clinton was President wasn’t it?  The days where the Spice Girls were topping the charts, everyone was using AOL, and you couldn’t point out where Afghanistan was on a world map.  Those where the days. Oh, where was I?  Oh yes, middle school.

Middle school was the type of place where most kids were in the in between stages of puberty and emotional development.  We weren’t necessarily all that close to adulthood, but we didn’t want to treated like children anymore. We were 12 year olds after all!

I always think of the times in science class when it was a great relief to all of us when the teacher would turn off the overhead projector and pop in a video (VHS of course) and we’d get to watch an episode of The Magic School Bus.

MAGIC SCHOOL BUS?!!  Yes, I had a feeling you would react that way.  Everyone knows what I’m talking about when I say those three magical words. You can picture it now, that anthropomorphic magical school bus that could seemingly morph into anything.  And all the kids would climb into this wonderous bus with Miss Frizzle, our favorite ginger science teacher, leading the way to amazing educational adventures (I’d be surprised if there wasn’t a Facebook group dedicated to her)!  In every episode, she’d utter her famous catchphrase, “Take chances! Make mistakes! Get messy!”

The Magic School Bus

Too much, the magic bus!

Miss Frizzle

Where does she get those clothes? Salvo?

Whoa.  Make mistakes?  I thought making mistakes was a bad thing.  All those red marks on my English papers told me so!  So why is The Friz telling me otherwise?  She must be talking about the scientific method, where in order to test a hypothesis, you build upon pervious mistakes that you have made in your past experiments.

So, it makes sense that mistakes can sometimes be good.  But how can you tell the difference between bad mistakes and good mistakes?!  Why go out into the world if you don’t know the difference?  You’re just going to make mistakes anyway!  As the nebbish Arnold from The Magic School Bus used to say, “I knew I should of stayed home today.”  Well, Arnold, I suppose you could live in your parent’s basement for the rest of your existence, but I’m afraid it’s either that or The Friz going through your colon. That’s life buddy!

We all have a little Arnold in us that keeps us cautious from making mistakes in the first place. He keeps us on the path that’s far, far away from self-destruction.  However, there’s always a little Friz that’s telling us to take a little detour from this path and do some off-roading in order to do some self-discovery.  Mistakes keep life from being too predictable and keep us from being too familiar with ourselves.  You have to take a chance in order to move forward.

So, as I’m writing this blog, I know that there will be some mistakes (believe me, there are a lot you’ve probably noticed already).  However, if I continue to make the same mistakes over and over again, it’ll be because I DON’T write in this blog.  This is a way to put my writing out to the world.  It’s an open forum for others to critique my points, style, and mostly grammar (thankfully, spellcheck has my back in the spelling department).  This is an adventure for me.

And much like The Friz, when it comes to adventures, I’m not afraid to get a little messy.

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Corey always producing material! You are an incredible inspiration!!! ❤

Comment by Kristen

Wise beyond your years!!!!! Every teacher needs to read this!

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