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Dwayne The Rock Johnson was a guest on a late-night talk show. The host, looking to provide a good
laugh to all watching, put up a few pictures of the Rock as a young boy; an average skinny awkward
The host says, “Look at you! Look at how skinny you are. Nothing like how you are today.” And The Rock,
in his typical good-natured way, smiles and says, “Well, I was younger then.”
I was younger then. Sounds about right.
How many of us look back on some version of our younger self and aren’t happy with all that we see?
Perhaps we feel shame. Or remorse.
How many of us look back on something that happened to us with resentment? Or resignation?
How fair is it for us to do so? (Hint: It’s not.)
It’s fair to say that any anxieties or level of depression that we’re feeling today are a result of our past.
When these feelings next creep into your thoughts, I’m asking you to be a friend to yourself and tell
yourself … “Well, I was younger then.”
You have grown. You have changed. We are all still growing and changing. And each day we pretty much
get to choose who we want to be today.
If you’re a different person than you were ‘back then’ … stronger, wiser, kinder, or just striving to be any
of those … then please do yourself a favor and make peace with the past.
The past exists only in our mind and if we give it less of our mind space then it will rule less of our
It’s not always easy to forgive. And it’s especially difficult to forgive ourselves. Yet, if you are honestly
trying to do better then you deserve to forgive yourself. You deserve to be at peace with your past.
Growth happens. It’s supposed to happen. Look back … thank the old you for showing you all of the
ways that you can do better. And then keep looking forward.
“It’s funny how day by day nothing changes. But when you look back, everything is different.” – C.S.