You should believe in second chances even though you’ll not always get an opportunity to take one. But regardless if you get to go around again, you should cherish and embrace anytime you are lucky enough to do so.

Second chances are not easy and they are infinitely more complicated when it comes to mending relationships. We are very messy as people. We think one way and feel another. We intend to do this thing but end up doing that thing. We will our self to go one way but somehow, and only God knows how, we end up on the other way, but thankfully there are second chances.

Not everyone or everything deserves a second chance. Sometimes things are best left where they are and as they are. Some things hurt so deep that in this lifetime, there is not enough time to make things right. Sometimes the other person must reach out first. It just has to be like that because otherwise the glue is not going to stick anyhow.

But some people do deserve a second chance and if you’re happy enough to experience it, you know exactly what I mean. I think that we’ve been given the time we were given here on earth to understand that this is not a linear existence, with limited choices, but rather an spherical existence, with many degrees of choice, where one is different from another, but up is not better than down, and right is just on the other side of left. I think we were given enough years to live to discover second chances.

After all the major religions are intimately weaved with second chances. Christianity offers a new start. An undeserved new start which is unlocked with gratitude and thanks, and there is something beautiful about that.

For those fences we wish to mend, we need to say goodbye and file away the happenstance of yesteryears. What’s most important is how we will feel when something that was taken away is brought back to us.

That is a cause for rejoicing. Second chances are the beginning of something beautiful, perhaps something more beautiful. Something more permanent. Something more lasting. Something deeper and more meaningful.

Sometimes you have to make the first move, but that doesn’t make you better, it just means you’ve made the first move. Ultimately in order to dance, your partner, or life itself needs to dance with you and the opportunity at a second chance is nothing more than a dance. This opportunity has nothing to prove. It doesn’t judge the circumstances of getting here. It only asks if this song is worth it. If this embrace will make us better people, and if that is a yes, we should not overthink things, but simply move, putting one foot in front of the other.

Your life deserves a second chance. Your dreams might even need a third, a forth or a fifth to get grounded. So cheers to second chances. Cheers to the gift of starting again. Starting better. Starting with hands and heart wide open. Responding and moving to the notes of a beautiful song that you haven’t heard in a long time.


Cover photo generously provided by photographer Jakub Dziubak.