When I was young (like, really young, think first grade) I had a shirt that was dedicated to somebody from my elementary school. on the front was a small picture of the gardens that were dedicated to him, but on the back was a quote from someone. No fancy backdrop, just the quote.
It said “How do you know where you’re going, if you don’t know where you’ve been?”
And out of all the things that I can remember from that point in time, that is the clearest. Why? Why would a phrase so simple be so memorable? Well, usually when things like that are remembered, it’s usually because of one thing. It just so happens to be true.
When you go through this insane drift called life, a lot of things come at you. Good things, Bad things, things that make you wish it would never change, and things where you just wish you could no longer exist. No matter the thing, the experience that we gain makes us who we are at the moment.
But I also think that it’s important to remember who we were. After all, nobody would be the same without themselves to help them along. it just wouldn’t work. If you forgot all of the lessons that you learned throughout your life, ignored all of the wisdom imparted to you by the idiots and geniuses alike, and tossed aside what you’ve done, you would be, for all intensive purposes, a baby. Innocent, ignorant of what is to come in life. You would never know how to tell a good influence from a bad influence, choose your friends, or stand up for yourself. You would be completely and utterly malleable.
In order to keep this from happening, reflect. Don’t immerse or linger too long, attempt to take an objective point of view on things. keep the scope of things in mind, remember that you are loved by somebody or something always, and understand that everyone makes mistakes, and no one is blameless, so just cause you’ve done something wrong, doesn’t mean others are always goody two shoes (however, people can be perfect, see my post on love for this explanation. shameless plug complete). and remember what Matt Smith said in his final moments of being the doctor; “When you think about it, we’re all different people all through our lives, and that’s okay, that’s good, you gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this. Not one day. I swear.”