Have you ever taken the time to thank your past?
To acknowledge the wisdom, courage, understanding, and experiences it has given you?
Well…I have, and so I decided to write this post.
My past has been a very challenging and interesting one. I have had instances as a child where I did not have food to eat or money to go to school. I have had bouts of depression, loneliness and introversion. I have had fail business attempts and lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process. My past has been one filled with hundreds of lessons.
From understanding patience, to learning the laws of attraction, learning to be emotionally strong, being compassionate, being bullied and told I would never amount to anything good, among so many other things. I have learnt many lessons that has changed my thinking and overall, my life.
Many of us frown up on our pasts. We see it as the “has been” without taking the time to notice how much our past has helped us grow and nurtured us for the future. I view all the challenges of my past as a real life crash course. Helping me understand the worst and the best that this life has to offer.
I know what it is like to be hungry, so I can be compassionate towards someone who is.
I know what it is like to not grow up with my mom around for most of my childhood, so I understand the feeling of belonging children who are in the same position have.
I know what its like to feel alone, depressed, and to think of doing the worst to yourself; and this has helped me understand the harms of loneliness and introversion.
I know what it is like to be a teenager and make stupid decisions about love and life, which has taught me to think before I act.
I know what it is like to have dreams like going on an airplane, and to have that dream come through dozens of times over (I cannot even count how many times I have been on a plane in 2016 alone).
I know what it is like to start a business, see that business boom so rapidly, and have it fail just as quickly as it grew.
I know what it is like to bootstrap a business, and have constant money issues, which has taught me a ton about money management and the importance of cash flow.
I could go on and on…
The moral of this article is, you should acknowledge the lessons your past has taught you. It is like a wizard imparting unknown knowledge to the innocent. Just like a child, the wizard of life has taken your hand and shown you the good, the bad and the indifferent of the world in which you exist. Without those experiences you would not be the man or woman you are today, and that is a fact. Our life experiences are there to help us become better, stronger, more diverse individuals.
Would I change anything? Do I wish things had gone differently in my life? The answer is…no!
Without my past and the many lessons it has taught me, I would not be the man of greatness I am today.
What life lessons are you thankful for?