Put Your Past Behind You?

Alright, how many of you are familiar with the expression from the The Lion King, “Put Your Past Behind You”? That is an interesting saying, and that’s also what I’d like to discuss today. So first off, the point of the saying is, put your past behind you, forget it. Don’t dwell on it, don’t obsess over it. What’s done is done. For me personally, I think that’s flawed advice to a point. Let me explain. To only live in the present, to forget the past, that means that we won’t ever grow or learn and progress as human beings, right?  I believe very firmly that our pasts are what we learn from. Our failures, our mistakes, but also our victories, we learn from it all. You’ll recall a few weeks ago, Meah did a blog about how, in order to move forward, you must first look back on your past, no matter how painful it might be. I agree with her 100% here! The truth of the matter is, in reality, yes, what’s done is done. No one can change the past. However, here’s where the saying turns for me, the idea that you shouldn’t obsess to a point on the past. If you don’t obsess or think about your past to a point, how will you ever learn and mature or grow as a person? As Meah demonstrated and explained, there are things in our pasts that might not be pleasant to look back at and learn from, but it’s necessary that we do so that we may mature and learn. Every thing in our pasts, as I said, our mistakes, regrets and even victories are all a part of us and we can learn from all of them. Our pasts inform our decisions of today, tomorrow, and the next day. Our pasts are of vital importance to us and our development as individuals. Quick example. You took a test in school. You didn’t do so well. So, the next time, you studied more, and you got a better grade. You learned from your past mistake and as a result you became smarter and a better person for it. My point, learn from your past!

Alright, well, that’s about all the time I have for today, so, until next week, take care, be safe, and goodbye everyone, have a great weekend, I’ll see you right back here next week!

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