I am extremely familiar with the saying that we learn from our mistakes, but the truth of the matter is, we’re more likely to repeat the same errs than to correct them.
We are creatures of habit (at least I am), so it’s only reasonable to take the same course of action when a similar situation happens. Hindsight is the time to realize that the quick decision may not have been the best (mainly because memories of what happened last time comes flooding in).
I constantly repeat mistakes. There are times when I’ve learned my lesson thoroughly that I choose the more logical, and less harmful, approach. More often than not, I don’t. I am driven by my emotions, so how I feel dictates how I act. When I’m emotional, there is no recognition that what I’m doing is repetitive of something bad from before, it seems like the appropriate response.
Unfortunately, acting on impulse often bites me on the behind.
I guess the lesson that I’ve re-learned is not to take action or do anything extreme while over-emotional… I have no doubt that I will be learning this lesson again in the future.