Our pasts define us. For good or not. Each one of us holds knowledge of our lives that no one else knows about, sometimes inconsequential things that do not matter to others, but make us each unique.
It is our story. The one we have written in our heads about who we are, where we are in life, and how we ended up here.
It is fascinating to listen to others describe their lot in life and how they are continuing to perpetuate those things they say they are against.
Politicians do this everyday. Exploiting every detail of their lives, real or imagined, that they can to appeal to others…to obtain a vote.
It is their story.
Our friends and family members do this also. Reworking stories until they fit into their needs at the time.
Looking into your past is good, if you can do so as an objective observer. If you can accept it as the reality that it is and understand that our past does not have to be our future.
Life and time is very forgiving. Each day we have the opportunity to change, to turn over a new leaf, to begin again.
A chance to change your story.
Dwelling on the past and using it as an excuse not to move forward is what holds back most people.
They spend their lives and their energy in holding grudges over perceived wrongs, in finding ways to exact revenge or in creating havoc in other people’s lives.
Trying to change other people’s story.
These people do not understand why they don’t move forward. They are stuck. Hypocrites, absurd and sad.
But today is a new day, and you can use your past as a learning tool to propel yourself forward.
Use your past experience to be the best you, you can be today. Enjoy the present. And the future will take care of itself.
Don’t let your story hold you back.