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June 19, 2013

ROOT: Living in the past

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — But there are downsides to living in the past. One of the biggest downsides is holding a grudge. Sometimes I find myself holding a grudge over something that happened years ago. In my opinion; if I can still remember it, then it is worth holding onto. It is just one of those defense mechanisms I have that will not go away. Sometimes it is good, sometimes it gets in the way. But it has saved me too many times for me to try and let go of it.

You can’t learn anything from events in the future. By the time you learn from something, that event is already in the past. That was pretty prophetic, albeit not very sensible. You can plan for something, but the only way you will learn from it is to take the experiences you have gained by the time it is over.

My memories are some of the things I cherish the most. I like my memories because no one can take them from me. The things I remember are the things that I can refer to on a regular basis and relive them whenever I want. I am one of those weird people that relives the bad along with the good. I find that it helps to remind myself of the dangers I have overcome along with remembering my personal accomplishments as well.

There is nothing wrong with setting your focus on the future. Some of our greatest thinkers lived to find out what will happen tomorrow. I kind of admire that. I wish I could look forward to tomorrow as much as I treasure yesterday. But I just am not wired that way. There is plenty for me to look forward to these days and I look forward to all of it. But it is the accumulated images in my head from days gone by that I hold onto the strongest.

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