Such simple words. And yet, saying ‘I’m Sorry’ is probably one of the hardest things to do in life. This is especially true when it comes to apologising to our loved ones, be it our partner, parents, siblings or besties. How is it that two tiny words can wield such power? Why is it so hard to mouth those words? Nonetheless, if we have hurt them, then we should mend their broken hearts by offering a sincere and heartfelt apology. The pride in us might stop us from being able to utter those words so here are some sure-fire ways aimed to say ‘I’m Sorry’ creatively:
LET THE MUSIC HEAL THEIR SOUL
Music has the power to do wonders and maybe even heal emotional wounds. Share with them every ‘sorry’ song you can download to your playlist. From Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ to Elton John’s ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’. Learn a few dance moves from Super Junior’s ‘Sorry, Sorry’ or just groove to the steps of all the ‘sorry’ songs that are played out. Sure you may end up looking like you’ve lost your marbles, but as long as they forgive you, then it’ll all be worth it.
FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD
They say the way to a man’s (or woman’s) heart is through the stomach. And since that is the case, why not give them food? Make customised ‘sorry’ sugar cookies or present them with assorted chocolates accompanied by the words ‘I’m sorry’ written with melted chocolate. Or if you can’t cook without burning down the kitchen, bring them for a meal at their favourite restaurant instead and slip a ‘sorry’ note onto their plate. Just make sure they don't accidentally swallow and choke on the note though.
“Chocolate says I’m sorry so much better than words” - Rachel Vincent
Some people opt to buy presents for their loved ones as a way of saying sorry. It can be something simple but heartwarming like a bouquet of flowers to something exquisite like a vintage wine bottle to something quirky like apology nifty notes. The aim is to calm the storm, so be sure to choose a gift that your loved ones will appreciate. So, take time to think about the gift to show and pick one that would resonate with the other party’s personality, this will show your true remorse.
BACK TO BASICS, WITH THE LOVE LETTER
And if all else fails, you can try penning an honest letter of apology to them. Write down your thoughts on perfumed paper or better yet, make a collage of pictures of the two of you to help bring back memories of good times. Admit your mistake and acknowledge how much you’ve hurt your loved one. Tell them how much they mean to you and how eager you are to salvage this relationship. Let them know how truly sorry you are and commit to not making the same mistake again. And if what you write is truly how you feel, your loved ones might just be moved by your words.
“An apology is the superglue of life! It can repair just about anything!!” - Lynn Johnston
No relationship is perfect. There will be days when the sky is all rainbows and unicorns and then there will be days it will rain cats and dogs. Whatever the case may be, appreciate your loved ones. Make amends and express your regrets for hurting them. Each and every person that we love is in our lives for only a period of time so appreciate them, love them and for goodness’ sake, apologise to them. For more insight, listen to what Denise, Gambit, and Ruzana have to say about saying sorry on WTF’s National Holiday episode.