And that is what is. Yesterday. It made me more self-aware and determined. It made me realize my pain and why I should let it go. There is nothing in yesterday only incidents I cannot change.
“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”
― Lewis Carroll
While for some yesterday cannot be forgiven because they carry the burden of what happened and how it scarred them, yesterday is the past, you should only learn from it. So forgive yourself, in this journey of fulfillment and self-actualization mistakes are allowed. Many may not understand what the importance of those mistakes are but eventually it propels your growth and personal development.
So forgive yourself for loving that person who unrequited your love. Forgive yourself for going down the wrong career path. Forgive yourself for trusting too hard. Trust me there is still enough time to fix it. There is still enough time to find what you are looking for. And you need the knowledge from the past to guide you. You need the knowledge that helps mold your character and builds your inner strength. By now you should be resolute. You should be fierce. You should be undeterred to get those things you desire because you never allowed yesterday to hold you back.
“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” – H. G. Wells
Yesterday doesn’t destroy, but it may have exposed your weaknesses. It may have made you seen who you truly are and discover your environment also. Yesterday may not be kind. But tomorrow will be, if you are smarter and better prepared to deal with it.
You can’t live in yesterday
The reality is that it may not be so easy to let go of yesterday. But it is necessary. Because you can’t fix yesterday. You can only fix your character now and let it direct you to the future you deserve. There is no point sulking over something you have no control over. To be in charge of your world you have to focus on those things you can control.
“Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.” – Bob Feller
Your better days are ahead
Yesterday doesn’t offer you your best days. It is not ideal this way. Your best days should be ahead. I have met people who still get consumed about what accomplishments and glory they had yesterday. They don’t let go of it. They think those were their best days, their heydays. And suddenly they live in the twilight of their days because they feel yesterday was remarkable and it gave them the bets things. But trust me, there are always better days ahead. There are always more interesting things ahead if only you reached out for it. No matter how fantastic yesterday was, there is always something brighter and exhilarating to look ahead at.
Time is all you have
And perhaps this is why you shouldn’t cling to yesterday. You don’t gloat over what happened. You don’t fret over it either. According to Winston Churchill, “success is the ability to move from one failure to another without the loss of enthusiasm.” Time is all you have. So spend it in taking actions rather than worrying about what should have happened.
“You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.” – Charles Kettering
We all deserve some forgiveness
Yes, you may forgive yourself. You may need to forgive others too. The bottom line is that you should let go of those failures and mistakes of yesterday.