9 Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Ruthlessly Revisit Your Past

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I have a habit of paying a visit to my past every now and then. I like to rummage through my old pictures, journals, diaries, scrap books, letters, notes & memos. Small fragments of my past that I can’t really throw away because they are also proof of how far I’ve come and how much I’ve changed over the years. I find it refreshing to let the past in when it knocks on my door because some good thing come out of it.

1. You will laugh at the “problems” you had. Or that person you dated or the person you thought you’d never get over. You will laugh at the way you looked and the way you dressed, you will laugh at how “cool” you were trying to be. You will laugh at the things you used to write and the words you wanted to say.

2. You will smile at the beautiful memories you created. At the cute places you no longer go to, at the good times you had with the people you are no longer in touch with. You will smile at those silly birthday cards or cheesy love notes your friends gave you.

3. You will remember the struggles and the victories. Your friends and your foes, your fears and your dreams, your success and your failure. You will remember the times you thought will never pass, but they did. You will remember that at some point you thought you were incapable of moving on, but you did. You will remember those who disappointed you and how you replaced them with people who don’t let you down.

4. You will believe in yourself. When you flip through the pages and realize that you are capable of doing greater things that you know, and that you are stronger than you think, and whatever it is that is holding you back in the present WILL pass and you will move on just like you did plenty of times before.

5. You will ask questions. About your future, about yourself, about life and about your journey. You will ask yourself why you were so hard on yourself or why you didn’t send that letter when you had the chance.

6. You will wonder about people. Where did they go? What happened to them? Do they still laugh obnoxiously in the movie theatre? Are they happily married? Do they think about you? Do they go through the same pictures and remember the days you both shared and how much you’ve grown?

7. You will watch the scenes of your own movie. You will pause the moments that took your breath away, rewind the times that made you smile, forward the painful memories and stop the moments that changed you.

8. You will edit your own story. Highlighting the words that inspired you, quoting the people who are no longer with you, erasing the words you wish you had never said and reading the ones you still say over and over again.

9. You will write a new story. After you read the past one more time, you will take out a new journal and write a new beginning for a better future. TC mark

Rania Naim

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  • http://eastelmhurstagogo.wordpress.com larry trasciatti

    You make some very good p0ints. The past should never be lost. It should be revisited for the sake of things like constructive criticism and mere enjoyment

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  • http://shopsilverstream.wordpress.com silvermags

    Been keeping a journal since the age of ten (40+ years) when Harriet the Spy was my favorite book. Its about another ten year old girl with a lot of time on her hands, much like myself, and no other kids were nearby. So close to my own life were the parallels we shared: Harriet wanted to be a writer, so did I. Harriet had a governess, so did I. She was a loner like me and always seemed to be observant of what other people were up to, and she kept a journal, because she had been told that is what aspiring writers do. So I began a journal to record my own impressions of what was happening around me. It gave me something to do, and I liked it. Many years later I have a suitcase full of my journals, and occasionally when feeling a bit weird, I will drop in on myself in whatever time period strikes my fancy. I have to conclude that it has been a powerful tool for me over the years to gauge my progress, or lack thereof. So glad someone gave me that book! My journal is my oldest friend now, always there when I need it.

  • http://indepthwoman.wordpress.com indepthwoman

    I revisit the past all the time, I’m a cancer, LOL. I learned a lot, I can recall memories and tell stories, and see how far, I’ve come. Theres are blessings and lessons in my past, that I feel can help people and also myself. I write a lot, its therapeutic! Writing gives me the ability to be creative, I can embellish and tweak my stories. I’m the director.

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