Advice, Reflection

Your Past is the Past, so That’s Where It Should Stay, Right?

The answer to the question: yes and no. Vague, I know, but just hear me out. My greatest wisdom comes on Saturdays at 10 a.m. (In reality my head is a fog and I’m eating hershey’s kisses. Happy Valentine’s day!)

There are certain things in your past that are probably better to forget. Like maybe that one time you tripped up (yes, up) the stairs walking into school and made a total idiot of yourself. These type of things are better to push aside in your mind and make room for new, better memories, because they serve no purpose but to haunt you.

You can’t do this with everything though.

Do you remember the first time you got your heart broken? I know that you probably buried it deep, like really deep, inside of you and you were never planning on bringing it up ever again, but dig deep and bring that sucker up. How did it make you feel? For lack of better words, it probably sucked. I don’t know about you, but I spent days in denial. And when I finally realized that my heart wasn’t going to get fixed anytime soon, the next couple of weeks consisted of tears, sad movies, and reading the Last Song for a second time.

Horrible, I know. But when you go through something like this, it teaches you a valuable lesson—protect yourself from this ever happening again.

Going through a breakup is one of life’s greatest struggles (or so it seems at the time), but you eventually get over it and move on with the rest of your life. The same philosophy goes for any struggle that you go through. Your past is full of them, and if you decide to leave everything that ever happened to you in your past, then you will never really learn from it like you were supposed to.

“Your strength will be found when you stop struggling with yourself, instead of thinking everyone is a struggle worth overcoming. Every obstacle in life is a lesson that teaches us, not others.” ― Shannon L. Alder

Perfectly said. Thank you Google for leading me to this quote.

There are certain things in your past that I believe were only put there to make you have a bad day, so just brush that aside and leave it where it happened. However, you can’t do that with everything in your past. Some things stay with you for the rest of your life, and they are meant to teach you a valuable lesson. You sort of have to look for the good in the bad situations that are handed to you in order to actually see the lesson. Once you teach yourself how to do this, your outlook on life becomes a lot less bitter and a lot more pleasant.

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