Our past can be a scary concept. It contains all our old actions, our old thoughts and behaviors, all our mistakes and regrets, and our mind can go back there and remind of us what we’ve done whenever we allow it to do so. That’s a terrifying concept.
A lot of people have regrets about their past. They have done things that they find unacceptable today, and oftentimes they find themselves dwelling on these mistakes in the present.
The more we dwell on our past, the less time and energy we will have to construct a different future.
We’ve all made mistakes, we’ve all done things we wish we could take back, but if we let those past mistakes stick in our minds and dominate our thinking, we’re ruining our chance to create a better future.
The past can only teach us so much. There’s no real point in dwelling on the past, it has taught us everything it had to teach us already. That’s why we’re here now. We’ve learned what we needed to learn so far and now we’re at this point.
Our past brought us here, we need to be grateful for what we’ve learned and step into our future with this new knowledge and perspective.
So, how do we escape our past? Or in other words, how can we prohibit our past from hindering our progress in the present?
We can do this by focusing on our actions in the present with our futures in mind.
Start working towards a goal. Become focused on something meaningful to you. The more focused you are on your future, the less your past will affect you.
The best way to distance yourself from your past is to move forward, and the faster you move forward, the better. The more stagnant you are, the easier it will be for your past to catch up with you.
If you’re moving forward full-tilt, how can your past possibly catch up with you? It can’t. You’d be moving too fast for your past to even get ahold of you.
So, that’s the idea. Move forward with such speed that your past can’t get a grip on you. If you’re moving forward fast enough, nothing behind you will ever be able to hold you back. It’s that simple.
Another effective way to escape your past is to think about the type of person you used to be.
Do you respect the person you used to be? Do you want to mirror that person and do what they did? Do you want the person you were in your past to be how you are remembered?
If not, you’ve got to change your actions in the present. If you have done bad things in your past and haven’t given the people in your life any other reason to think you are different, that is all you will ever be to these people. That is how they will define you.
They’ve judged you based on the subject matter which you have provided them, why should they think about you any differently?
They need to be given some new subject matter to define you by.
Right now, all they have is your past, and that’s not how you want to be remembered, is it? To create new subject matter, you need to make some new decisions. To make new decisions, you need to think and act differently than how you did in your past.
There is no way to change the past, but you can change the way your past affects you. You can change the way you look at your past. You can look at it as a period of your life which causes you regret, or you can look at is as a reason to be a better person in the future.
How do you want to be defined? Knowing what you know from your past experiences, how do you want to be remembered?
You have the power to change the way you’re defined, and you have that power right now, in the present. Take the lessons you’ve learned from your past, make well-informed decisions in the present, and you can create a future that is worthy of remembrance.
Run towards the future you want and you will escape your past.