"I believe that making mistakes is the last thing I should worry about, because other people have learned so much from all my mistakes. Here's a few examples.
I'm an adventurer who wasn't around when my three incredible daughters were in their teens. I made mistakes, so I wasn't there for them. But in the end they learned to love adventures too...and now I'm their number one cheerleader, and we can talk about Africa or India or Seattle all the time.
Its' still impossible for me to buy my wife the house and piano I promised her, and believe me I pay dearly for that failure. But by learning to depend less on me, she is getting more self-reliant and even occasionally a little optimistic.
And I don't earn enough to help my beautiful Russian step-daughter live comfortably in faraway St. Petersburg. So now Anna's learning more about what it takes to start a new life for herself over here.
Finally, I'm always learning how to find reassurance wherever I can. Just the other day I saw a BBC film in which a quirky young woman reassures her older bureaucrat lover..."You're tender and true. And that's unusual in a man."
I just know she was actually talking to me.
Of course, even if I am tender and true it won't pay the bills. But it does seem to warm the hearts of some remarkable ladies in my life and that's something.
So...I can stop worrying about making so many mistakes now. Can't I?
This I believe."