Most of us have heard the saying, we learn more from our failures than our successes. In fact, I’d argue that most genre fiction starts with a failure.
A mystery starts with the police failing to either capture or identify the right suspect in a murder (and the murder itself is a failure of good to triumph over evil).
A scifi that starts off with humans leaving Earth to colonize a new world because the old one can’t sustain us any longer.
A romance that starts with a broken relationship creating a chasm that prevents us from connecting to one another.
Failure is always an option.
And failure is the usual outcome.
What ultimately defines us as a person and society is how we deal with failure. Was Apollo 13 a failure or a success? Was Amelia Earhart’s last flight a failure or a success? Was Thomas Edison’s 1999 wrong ways to make a lightbulb a failure or success? Who among us walked across the room on our first try at walking?
Maybe failure is only failure when we or those that follow us give up.
Until next time!