Living through Trial and Error: Does it Actually Work?

Writer: Hania Mostafa

Editor: Abdallah Sobhi

How do we live life? How do we find out who we actually are?

An unexpected, imperfect answer follows to an existential question: through trial and error.

I mean how many mistakes could we make to do only one right thing in our lives, to reach who we really are? But when I thought about it, I realized that I couldn’t agree more because how will we actually be completely sure of something and how right it is unless we tried what felt “out of place” or “wrong”?

I feel like most of the people are afraid of making certain decisions just because they’re afraid of the result and of the consequences. But so what? So what if we did a mistake? So what if we didn’t like the consequence? It’s not going to be the end of the world. You can try another option and experience other consequences. Because usually we define the “right” and “wrong” choices by the way they make us feel, by the way our emotions react to their consequences. Worried about what you want to major in college? Just try out something and go for undecided for now. Maybe you’ll try something and you’ll know for sure that this is 100% wrong, or maybe even a 100% right. 

Experience also includes staying and being around people. You’ll be able to know the fake from the real, the essential from the unneeded, and the “best friends” from the “just-normal-friends.” You’ll usually feel it in your heart when someone really feels “right” and “real,” then you’ll know that these people specifically are keepers.

See? Everything good comes from trial and error. You try an alternative, and if it does not feel right, you go try another one until you are able to stand and look at yourself in the mirror with no regrets and no what-if’s