Are you one of those people who love to sit and reminisce about the past? Anytime friends and families get together, it seems that they spend hours talking about what used to be and what happened way back when. Today, especially in the media, it is almost common place to take a stroll down memory lane in order to dig up a person’s past dirty laundry. Although looking back on some things may seem harmless, there is really only one reason you should ever look back at your past.

The Only Time It’s Okay to Look Back at Your Past

The one and only time you should be looking back is to see how far you’ve come from there. You might believe that you aren’t strong enough and can’t handle certain things, but if you look back, you may discover that you have already overcome those very things. Most likely, those things have even made you a stronger and better person for having experienced them.


If you have people in your life who insist on bringing up things from your past that show you in a negative light, or that causes you pain to think about, you might want to rethink your relationship with those people. Your past is just that. You learn from it and move on.


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Don’t continue to look back and live in those moments time and again. Don’t beat yourself up for not knowing something, or for not doing something different. Everything in your life happened exactly the way it was supposed to happen. Otherwise, something different would have occurred. Understand that your past is just a marker in time.


Take a moment to think about who you are today. Now, reflect on who you used to be. How far have you come? How much have you grown, since then?


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