I’m going to steal some lines from the Angels and Airwaves song – Rite of Spring:
“If I had a chance for another try,
I wouldn’t change a thing,
It’s made me all of who I am inside.”
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my life, I’ve felt hurt, and I’ve hurt others and there are moments I would rather not remember. But, as painful as those experiences were, and as painful as those memories are, the fact that I’ve lived them and have them as part of me, shaping my decisions and actions, is something I would not willingly give up.
I am who I am because of those mistakes. I am who I am because of their consequences, because of how I chose to deal with them and how they still affect me. I don’t want to know who I would be now if I hadn’t learned those lessons over the years. I wouldn’t want to make any of those same mistakes now, and if I hadn’t already who is to say that I wouldn’t?
“And everyday I wake,
I tell myself a little harmless lie:
The whole wide world is mine.”
And you? If you could change something from your past, would you?