Don’t Let Your Past Define You

Original post: July 29, 2021. Edited.

We all have a past. Some of it is exceptionally good while other parts might be a little on the shady side. We are human and we make mistakes, bad choices, and wrong decisions. And often all at once! Sometimes we are caught up in something so off-color we don’t even realize the messiness of our life. That is, until we find a way to look in from the outside. That is quite a wake-up call.

I know my past very well. I’d prefer that some of it was buried deep so I’d never ever have to look at it again. But, I also realize that my past has shaped me, molded me, and helped me to become a better person. Not that I would EVER suggest that you intentionally do wrong because it might make you a better person later. Do Not Do That. We can definitely learn enough from all the things we unintentionally do wrong.

Moving on up to the present…

So you have a past. If you haven’t learned anything, if you continue living in unproductive and unhealthy patterns, then expect others to talk about you and your life. It’s going to happen. Your past defines your present because you never left it.

But if you have changed and grown and you’ve left your old life behind, do not allow it to define you. If someone tries to bind your past to the present, don’t let it bring you down. Sadly, there are those who walk this earth who are relentless and unforgiving. Their sole purpose in life (so it seems) is to disrupt other’s lives so no one notices theirs. Do not let it touch your heart. You do not answer to them.

As difficult as it might be, walk away knowing you are better than that person of yesterday. Walk away with your head held high because you no longer know or associate with that person of the past.

I am one who carries guilt from my past. I’m a sponge who has absorbed all the pain, hurt, and sorrow throughout my lifetime. Not only my pain but everyone else’s close to me as well. One wrong word from certain people and I can lose a day, or a week, or longer, because my spirit is crushed and I once again feel every bit of my unworthiness. So this post is for me.

We all have our crosses to bear, but it’s wonderful to know that we don’t have to carry the weight alone. It’s especially awesome that we are not going to be judged by humans.

Do not let your past define you. Be strong and hold your head high. You are an overcomer and a survivor. Lean on those who fill you your bucket. Walk away from the rest.

Hold your head high & smile like a llama.

this guy smiled for me at the county fair

Have a wonderful evening. Peace. ♥️


5 thoughts on “Don’t Let Your Past Define You

    1. Thank you, Howard. 😊 There are a lot of things I’d like to forget but if I didn’t experience them I wouldn’t be the me of today. But…I’m still a work in progress. Thank you again. 💕


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