“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
We all carry baggage, make ourselves slaves to the weight. The older you grow the more you bear and there just isn’t space to waste all that precious time walking slowly, dragging the dead weight behind you. We are human and don’t have wings to take flight and escape gravity at a whim, instead you learn eventually that the lesson is to let go. That’s all we can do. People change us, we change ourselves, morphed into our present from the impact we have on others, pressures we have suffered or welcomed into our own lives.
Sometimes we are at fault, sometimes we are not to blame. We struggle to see the difference to realise the harm we can potentially cast on our lives. You have to believe that the best thing is to lay it all to rest. Forget it, forge ahead. Learn from mistakes, cover your mortal flesh in another layer of knowledge and move forward. Don’t look back, there are only ghosts there.
Hold onto yourself when you feel dark shadows, forgive yourself for mistakes you may have made, forgive yourself for trusting the wrong people. Walk forwards knowing that the greatest gift is not time itself but the lesson of forgiveness. We are taught to forgive others, it is time we teach others how to forgive themselves first. Always start with I, you are the one and only.