It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Sometimes it takes years to realize the error of your ways. People say that a zebra never changes it's stripes. But what if the zebra who makes mistakes, also has a penchant for making them and realizing them too?
Doesn't that make the zebra a little different? A person who shoplifts...is that person always and forever a criminal? There is an applied notion that "yes" they will always be that way. One would say yes for sure and paint them into a corner. Is that really fair?
More often than not repeat offenders do not, or cannot see the error of their ways. Sometimes they are not capable, or they refuse, or they do not want to change or fix things. They could be in denial. They could enjoy the game. They could have no clue. They could have a mental deficiency in certain areas that always lead them down the same path. Or of course they are just down right evil.
Sometimes in reflection you may look back and wonder what the heck you were doing. You may wonder why you made that stupid choice. You may not even think about it ever. You may have even forgotten things.
Is the triumph of errors knowing them, and not repeating them? It must be. The error is past. The knowledge and wisdom from it is present. The effort lies in not doing those mistakes again. The issue is, humans make mistakes all of the time, often over and over. It's up to the person to at least understand their own vulnerability and weaknesses.
With age comes wisdom, one can hope.