It is often said that we should let go of the past and move on, leaving it behind. This sounds good and leads us to believe that from that point on life will be great. Perhaps the past is not in a hurry to be forgotten. It could be that we have not learned our lesson or that maybe we have more to learn. Perhaps we gave up too soon and we would be leaving behind an important lesson meant to shape our life.
I always thought that my experiences were like new tools that I could add to my toolbelt keeping them near for a time that I might need them. While in time some tools may become dated and replaceable, I would place them in my memory box. It may be that many years from now I take one out only to find it is obsolete as a tool, yet the memory of finding it so many years later is still valuable as a lesson learned.
The past is not in a hurry to be forgotten, and it would claim that it is our archive of knowledge, resources, roadmaps, and wisdom. Then claiming equal billing with our future, it seems to truly be in a hurry to arrive with all that is new. The future is bright, promising, teasing, tantalizing, and bids us to leave all behind and recklessly embrace the possibility of things to come.
If we are wise, we will pause and reflect on what we will need to have going forward and what we can put away in our memory box. We must travel light, be bold, fearless, and step into the void without fear, but like the past, we need not be in a hurry.
We should not race toward the future with expectation. The future comes on its own accord.