5 Reasons Why You Should Let Go of The Past

recovery warriors - reasons to let go of the past
Sometimes our past struggles, can weigh heavily on our shoulders, holding us back and preventing us from living in the moment and being who we really want to be.

According to Eckhart Tolle, people create and maintain problems because they give them a sense of identity.

Is it the fear of losing this identity that makes us hold onto a painful past for too long and prevents us from living in the present moment? Are we so attached to our struggles, because we don’t know how we would be without them?

Letting go of the past can be difficult. Letting go of negative experiences, bad habits, false beliefs, unhealthy relationships and people…

As a result, we allow rumination, worry and fear to take over our mind and shape our actions in the present. But by holding on to the past, you don’t see the beauty of the present moment and you can’t heal and open your heart to joy and happiness.

We all have a past and we are all shaped by it, but we’re not defined by it nor are we bound to it. Only we have the power to define ourselves. Only we can take charge of our lives, our present and our future.

Every day, every moment is a chance to let go, open ourselves up to new experiences and take action to create a meaningful future.

Here are 5 Reasons to let go of the past and embrace the future.

You can’t change the past

We spend too much of our precious time dwelling on the past. “I wish I could just erase that mistake.”, “Why did that happen to me?”, “I wish I’d made my own choices earlier.”, “I wish…” You simply can’t go back and change the past, but you can choose not to suffer now, learn from it and let go and take responsibility for yourself and your future.

You create space for something new

When you release your past struggles, mistakes, setbacks and fears, you make room for something new to emerge. The world is full of amazing and exciting opportunities waiting to be discovered and new experiences will be knocking at your door when you allow yourself to close the old one.

You will be stronger

Letting go of your past struggles, old habits, people who aren’t serving your best interest, and anything else that’s holding you back, isn’t an easy task, because it requires to leave your comfort zone. This is why many people simply choose to maintain the status quo. They keep coming up with excuses as to why they shouldn’t let go of their past YET, rather than embrace transformation and change. But choosing to let go will make you stronger and more secure. It allows you to focus on what you need to do to live in the present moment and become who you really are. Each time a new challenge comes your way, you know how to overcome it allowing you take back charge of your goals and your life.

You will experience a new sense of freedom

Imagine walking through life with a heavy backpack full of rocks. All the painful experiences you’ve endured, mistakes you’ve made, and setback you’ve had to overcome are weighing you down, making you feel stuck, and holding you back from living your life.

Choosing to throw away and release each rock will allow you to experience a newfound sense of freedom that will carry over into every aspect of your life.

You can appreciate yourself

Your past has shaped you into the special and unique individual that you are today. Realizing this is a great first step to appreciating and embracing your own story. Nobody is perfect and we all carry a certain past with us. When you forgive yourself and let go of everything that happened yesterday you create space in your heart for the beautiful things the world has to offer and you can use your energy to work on the goals and dreams that make you happy.

Holding on to the past can hold us back in so many ways, from self-destructing behaviors to anxiety, fear or anger. On the other hand, letting go means letting in happiness, and is the key to your healing, growth and development throughout life.

For your journey
Image Source: Pinterest
More from Miriam Roelink, MS

5 Reasons Why You Should Travel

Traveling is one of the most amazing things one can do and...
Read More

1 Comment

  • Thank you so much for this post. It really helped me, especially during this hard time.
    See, I have come so far in recovery, but there is still a part of me that is holding onto the eating disorder. I guess it is because I am so afraid to let go of control, to step outside of this illusory comfort zone full of rules and rigidity, and dive into the unknown.
    The eating disorder has been a part of my identity for so long now that I do not know who I am without it, and therefore it is scary to let go. But, like the article says, ruminating on the past is only going to leave me feeling stuck, and this is not how I want to live my life. I want a future for myself, to create a new story for myself by living in the moment now and embracing a brighter future. I want to recover, it is just a matter of trusting the process and slowly stepping into the ambiguity and excitement of all that life has to offer.
    Thank you again.

Comments are closed.