- Welcome back to Dear You, an advice column with a twist: instead of a newsletter giving advice to you, you give advice to the newsletter.Advice from different people with different backgrounds might just help you see the problem from a new lens. This week’s question:
How Does One Let Go Of Past Events And Begin To Live In The Moment?
Samantha Do “It definitely takes time- a lot of it. But you don’t have to forget that it happened. You should acknowledge its “existence” and reflect on how you’ve grown from it. Understand that everything happens for a reason and you still have time to grow.”
Katie Abhyankar: “Think of the tragedy or trouble as a small tidbit of your life and that you have so much of your life left ahead of you. This small trouble isn’t going to matter in the future when you are accomplishing your goals and are doing big things.”
Adrian Sowul: “It gets better, I promise”
Jacob Zaionz: “Talk to someone you trust and have them ask you this question: ‘Is this issue really going to affect you in five years, ten years, twenty years?’ The answer, 99% of the time is no.”
Maya Allwardt: “Listen to ‘thank u, next’”
Seun Odusan: “There is always room for improvement. Don’t let the past affect you”
Melanie Woo: “It’s ok if it takes a bit of time to truly heal and let go.”
JJ Hatch: “You can’t change the past, but you can learn from it, and use it to help make a better future”
Arpitha Krishnakumar: “Surround yourself with people that make you happy and eventually you move on -those things take time and it’s important to have positive influences in your life while you are in the process of moving on”
Aanya Singhal: “See if there is anything you can do from your side to resolve it. Find out what you can learn from the situation.”
Susan Constable: “When you start thinking about those things, say to yourself ‘These things happened in my past, but I’m not going to let them define my future.’Repeat every time you find your thoughts drifting back to the past. Think about why you feel stuck. Do you feel guilty and feel that you don’t deserve to lead a productive, happy life? What happened in the past may have been awful, but what good does it do for you to suffer the rest of your life? View what happened as a life experience. Learn what you can from it and give yourself permission to move forward.”
With that advice in mind, I hope you can take the right steps to let go of the past and live in the present!
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