If you’re living in the past, stop it! No one is there anymore. It’s just a collection of memories. The only thing tangible is the present, the here and now. That’s where everyone and everything lives. We have the future to plan, but there are no guarantees. Living in the present will almost assure you of some kind of happiness. Living in the past will almost guarantee that you will suffer some type of depression.
I know many people who live in the past. They treat many, many years ago just like they were yesterday. Guess what? They are miserable people! They are depressed and physically sick themselves. The people I know who live in the moment are as happy and healthy as they can be. It’s truly amazing what a different mindset can do to and for you.
I sincerely believe that our past mistakes are meant to guide us, not define us. We are not our mistakes. Our mistakes do not define us. They merely teach us what to do and what not to do when similar situations arise. Mistakes can be our greatest teachers.