We are taught that what’s in the past should stay there, but also that history is important. Perhaps this is so, and we should certainly celebrate our successes and learn from our failures.
It can happen though that we allow ourselves to be defined by our history. Worse, there are others who are not only ready but willing to do it for us. Society has a way of making labels that stick, and as individuals we tend to do the same.
But we all change, all the time, nothing remains the same. You are not the same as you were yesterday, or will be tomorrow. We can embrace that and evolve, or stay stuck with our past and allow it to define and limit our futures.