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A lot of us like to look back to see where we’ve been, and where we’ve come from. It’s a natural habit, and one that doesn’t do much harm. It’s only when you look back and find yourself growing fond of the memories you find that the danger of getting stuck arises.

Some people don’t want those memories to end, deciding that they want to keep them around for as long as possible so as to squeeze every last drop of goodness out of them. The danger there is that by living in the past you give up any chance for the future. Living in the past is a wasted motion, as what’s behind us has already come and gone, and is no more use save to remain as a fond memory.

Memories are great, they remind of us times when we were happy, when we accomplished something, or when we failed, or perhaps even learned a very painful lesson. Some memories are used as learning tools to remind us of things we never want to see happen again, while some are best left locked away where they can never hurt us again. The point of looking back isn’t to revisit old hurts most of the time, but instead to remind us that no matter what our past was like, it shaped us into the people we are now.

So in all honesty there’s nothing wrong with looking back, it’s a chance to look upon our triumphs, our failures, and the lessons we’ve learned along the way. Just don’t try moving forward while looking back, metaphorically or literally.

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