The year 2020 reminds us of the phrase: Hindsight is 20/20. So we invite you to look back on your life and tell us about something that, in hindsight, you would have done differently.
Your story may involve something tragic or trivial, serious or silly. Any kind of mistake is welcome. (These things aren’t always “mistakes,” per se, so we’re using the word broadly.)
The phrase “mistakes were made” is a devious use of the passive voice to deflect blame off the person making the statement, who is probably the maker of the mistakes. President Ulysses S. Grant used the phrase in 1876 in an address to Congress, and it’s been a classic fallback for politicians ever since.
But you too have made mistakes and we want to hear about one of them—in 20 words or fewer.
The person who most impresses us with their mistake will win a Gotham class of their choosing.
As inspiration, here are a few examples:
Tight dress pants at Prom: if only I hadn’t tried to do a split with the principal.
A whirl of things seemed more important, so I didn’t listen that day when my daughter most needed me.
At 15, I killed a thing—the bunny I’d begged for that stunk up my room. Couldn’t find the food.