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June 19, 2013

ROOT: Living in the past

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — “If you spend too much time looking back, then you may miss what is right in front of you.”

I forgot who told me that, but it is something that I never forgot. I remember it not because it is prophetic in any way. I remember it because of how wrong it can be. I am constantly asked why I prefer to live in the past with just about everything I do. I don’t listen to music that was recorded past 1992, I watch television shows that peaked in the 1970’s and most of my favorite movies were all made before 1980.

Most of my life is spent trying to avoid responsibility so I can live with the same carefree attitude I had in the 70’s when I was a young boy growing up in a small world. Don’t get me wrong, I have seen what the modern era has to offer and, aside from some very cool movies, there isn’t a lot that I feel I am missing out on.

The notion that you should always look forward and never look back is fraught with inaccuracies. First of all; whatever happened to learning from the past? If we are intent upon not making the same mistakes that were made years ago, then shouldn’t we remember those mistakes and the lessons we have learned from them? It only makes sense.

What about formulating a decision based on life experiences? People say that experience is the best teacher, yet these same people say that we should look to the future and ignore the past. To me, that does not make any sense. I am just not one of those people that can separate my future from my past. Over the years, I have learned to trust the lessons that experience has to offer.

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