Your Past Doesn't Define You.
Never forget where you came from. That advice is an excellent reminder for all of us as go through life. Some of us have been blessed to have had a seamless journey so far, while most others had struggles, adversity, broken dreams, heartaches and losses.
No matter what our past has been, we ought to be grateful for the wonderful experiences and mindful of the struggles we’ve had. If you’ve overcome your adversity and are on the other side, try not to forget your past struggles. It will help to empathize with those who are now enduring that season and you can be a support person for them.
If you’ve endured hardship (which I know everyone reading this has to some degree) it’s important not to let our past define us. Use past experiences as a guide of what to do and what NOT to do. Take the best of all that has happened to you but don’t allow yourself to be defined by it. Forgive but don’t forget. This can be tricky but if you hold the resentment and anger inside, (as Matthew West says) you are actually the prisoner. Let it go and you will be amazed at how you grow and become stronger during your most difficult times in your life.
You are your story. I have been diligently working on a few projects that will be launching soon and with one of them, I share my own story. I have had many challenges throughout my teenage and adult life. I can pinpoint which parts transformed me into who I am today. Some were devastating but I have no regrets. I wouldn't be person I am today, without those life lessons and even horrific experiences. Im proud when I look in the mirror because I see a strong woman. It doesn’t mean life is easy…trust me…even at this moment, it’s far from easy. But…I see a woman who is stronger for what she's been through, refuses to give up or quit when life is hard and is setting an example for my children.