Recently, recuperating from hip replacement surgery made me think of second chances. The old saying tells us, “Everyone deserves one.” Egyptian writer, Rania Naim, wrote this about second chances:
"What if you were given a second chance at everything you’ve ever done in your life? Would you take it? I would. Not because I screwed things up the first time (even though I did a couple of times), but because I truly believe in the power of second chances. I believe in second chances more than I believe in first chances.
I believe that when life presents you with the same scenario twice, it is giving you a chance to do things differently, to recreate the perfect scenario you always wanted. A second chance is sometimes a miracle in disguise. It is not déjà vu, it is simply a gift God handed to you to change your life around.
How many times have you met someone you didn’t like at first but ended up being friends later because you realized the first impression was awfully wrong? How many relationships and friendships were restored because the second time around things were different and made more sense? How many milestones have you achieved at work when your boss gave you a second chance to do things right after a major flop? How many songs have you hated at first but ended up loving after listening to them a couple of times?
It is the irony of life—you think the first time is the only time, you think the first time is the best time, you think the first time is the most important time. We’re so obsessed with getting things right from the first time that we often give up on things and too easily when things don’t work out. We don’t even give ourselves a second chance.
Today, give yourself a second chance, give your parents a second chance, give your friends a second chance, give your passion a second chance, give your love a second chance, give happiness a second chance and give life a second chance.”