; reflecting on our past
In today’s age, we are all way too focused on our future don’t you think?
We are always trying to be two steps ahead of everyone else, finding the shortest route to success.
We have our aspirations or goals in life, but are we forgetting the lessons we have learnt in life?
There are so many people out there who would do anything to climb society’s ladder just because they want more money, more fame etc. (of course there are a few who actually want to make a difference). And unfortunately, they don’t seem to remember the values that they were taught when they were kids. Integrity, responsibility, respect etc., it seems like all those words would fade into the background once ‘power’ or ‘money’ is in the picture.
I have my fair share of embarrassing moments so I understand that it is an unpleasant feeling when someone brings up that one time you screwed up. But hey, all the screw ups just makes your life more interesting right?
I am a believer of ‘everything happens for a reason’, be it good or bad. And I think that though it is great to remember the good parts, it is equally important to reflect on the bad parts. There is always a lesson to learn from both good or bad experiences afterall!
Reflecting on our past also allows us to see how far we have come.
The world is ever-changing, and everyone is constantly evolving with it. Healthcare professionals come up with new treatments, new medicine. Politicians come up with new ways to tackle their country’s issues. Scientists make new discoveries, so on and so forth.
It is human nature to feel the need to improve. But when we are making decisions, what do we look for? Facts. Evidence. History. It is only by going through all of the past mistakes made by yourself or other people that you will understand that something will go wrong if you make a certain decision (rule of elimination).
On Facebook, there is this “On this Day” thing. It showed me that 4 years ago, I wrote, “Is a life filled with ups and downs, a life worth living?” Clearly, now I have understood that if there isn’t darkness, you wouldn’t appreciate the light.
So even though it may seem silly to have written that now, it definitely wasn’t the case 4 years ago. I wrote that because the good times never seemed to last, and I was tired of that.
I believe that we should all take a breather sometimes, and ponder over the things or people who matter.
Be it to right any wrongs from the past, or to have a good laugh out of it, remembering our past will remind us who we essentially are – an individual.