What if you could do it all over again? Relive your past but this time as the person you are right now? Take everything you have learned over the years and apply it. Fix the mistakes. Right the wrongs. And make better choices this time.
It would be the ultimate do-over.
Would you do it?
Of course not! Your past is what made you into the person you are today, right? Without those scars you wouldn’t be who you are. There isn’t a single thing you would ever, ever, ever, ever want to change, right?
It’s just not an option. So in an effort to make yourself feel better about the fact that you feel helpless over the past, you try and convince yourself that you wouldn’t change a thing. That you love the person you have become. And that changing something in the past might create some bizarro Marty McFly scenario where you are no longer married to your spouse and the neighborhood you once grew up in is now a peanut farm.
The Truth Is…
Of course you would like to change something given the choice. We all have things we have done or said that we regret. Choices that we have made that we wish we could do differently given the chance. Some might be really small. Others might alter life as you now know it. But there is definitely something.
No one is 100% satisfied with every moment of their life. And just like the rest of us, you would jump at the opportunity to change it. The chance to set things right. To heal old wounds. Or take action so you no longer have to live in that resentment over something in your past.
And You Can. Right Now.
You can’t go back and change something that you said. But you can do something to make it right…right now.
You can’t go back and change a decision that you made. But you can change the path you are on regardless of your age…right now.
You can’t go back and change something bad that happened to you. But you can change the meaning that you gave it…right now.
Right now is the past that you are going to resent in the future.
Right now is the moment that you are going to someday wish you had made the tough decision.
Right now is your chance to fix tomorrow before it becomes yesterday.
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