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So much of what you are is where you've been

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 I came across the above quote while on Pinterest the other day, and it inspired me to think a little bit about my past. As my birthday was this past week, I thought it would be a good time to reflect. I have finally reached the ripe age of 23. Another year older. Another notch on the belt…

I’m a big advocate of not dwelling on the past. The past is the past for a reason; we cannot change it and we must keep moving forward. We can’t continue to punish ourselves for what has already happened and we shouldn’t let it haunt us.

On the other hand, let’s face it- our past has made us who we are today. Every good experience. Every bad choice. All those times you failed, and those few times that you succeeded. Every time someone hurt you, and every time someone made you smile. Each and every single moment has shaped us, changed a little bit of who we are and influenced us in one way or another.

Personally, I think this quote applies to everyone both literally and figuratively. When I think about myself, I realize that everything I am comes from where I’ve been. Not just where I was born and where I’ve traveled, but everyone I’ve met and all the mistakes I’ve made along the way. Looking back, all the good, all the bad, I wouldn’t change a thing.

I realize that I’m extremely fortunate to have the past that I do and I cannot take it for granted. Still I think everyone can learn a little something from reflecting on where they come from. I’ve had my fair share of bad decisions and wrong doings, and while I may not look back on them with the fondest of memories, I can’t take them back. For now I’ll chalk them up to learning experiences. The past is the past and my past brought me here today.

My personal journey has had a lot to do with the literal places I’ve been. My parents brought me along on their adventures far before I could even walk! I grew up excitedly packing suitcases and looking forward to whatever they had planned- most of the time the actual destination didn’t even matter. It was the act of picking myself up, leaving reality behind for a bit and trying somewhere new and exciting. Obviously you can see how this may have shaped my current personality …..

While I may not be proud of all my outfit choices (like I said- no regrets) I’m so happy my parents gave me a head start at seeing the world.

Here are some pictures of me as a young traveler:

(Try not to laugh too hard ….. )

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Motivation for this week: Take some time to reflect this week. Don’t dwell on your past but try to embrace it, the good and the bad! Move on from the bad and cherish the good. Recognize your journey and appreciate every single piece of it. Remembering where we’ve been and where we come from can only help us focus on where we’re going!

Linkin’ up with Melyssa for Weekly Wishes today!

Have a great week!!

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