Failure used to be my number one fear. I think it’s the same for most high schoolers. “What are you afraid of?” they say. “You have nothing to lose, right?” they say. “You can’t be perfect. Stop trying,” they tell me. Never having a B in my life, never being yelled at for a big mistake, or never failing to get recognition for something has made me vulnerable to the idea of failure. I’m sure a lot of students would agree with me. Still, I came to realize recently that without failure, people can’t improve. There’s always going to be people better than you and if you’re oblivious to this fact, you’re practically living a life full of lies. I mean, what’s the point of living 60 or 70 more years if you’re already perfect?