Something we all know very well. Something that we all know is there no matter if you're only a moment old…or a hundred years; it's there with us in our souls, our hearts and our minds. We cling to memories like lifesaving rings thrown in a storm tossed sea. Most are claimed as "precious"; the ones that make us smile and feel good inside. Others aren't so generous. What of those? The dark memories that make our stomach clench, hearts pound and hands clench; maybe even tears form and throats tighten. If they are so bad why think back on them? Why cling to them? Simple; humans are flawed creatures.
What to do when your mind refuses to let go of the past? That's not so simple. Not one of us is the same as the next. So how to cope is something we all need to learn on our own. Step into the light; turn your face towards the warm breeze as it blows by; and let little things come to you as they please. Enjoy what you have, what you have earned. A smile from a stranger or a wave can be considered a bright spot in a dark time. However you can't ignore your past. Even as much as you wish it had a part in shaping you no matter how rough or how nasty; how happy and how perfect. Both sides of the coin are to be seen; both sides of the soul to be acknowledged. The bad comes with the good and the good trails after the bad. Our lives will never ever be what we want them; flaws will hound us until the day we close our eyes for good. If you can't find the good in the bad, or accept the bad with the good your life won't be what you wish it to.
Something I told a friend not to long ago.
The third sentence should read, "It made me who I am and placed me in the situation where I am now."
In addition to this, I don't regret what I've done in the past. It can't be changed. It made me who I am and placed me in the situation where I am not. I don't believe I'd want to change where I am now, so, if I could change my past, I wouldn't be where I am now!