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rewindCher once sang, "If I could turn back time..."

If you could turn back the clock, go back five years, 10 years, would you?

It's tempting, isn't it?

When you go back, though, you have to go to back to who you once were. I would imagine that, given the choice, you'd rather be who you are today than who you were yesterday or last year or 10 years ago.

It's understandable that you would wish for a different today. Just don't wish for a different you. What you've been through yesterday and last year and during these past few years has been rough. But these experiences smooth out your sharp edges. Even on your most difficult day, you shine because you now know what's truly important. Your today will give back to you because you do life's most significant work.

Look back and treasure your memories. Look forward with a strong belief that your life has your back.



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ejourneys

Ten years ago my partner and I were preparing to move to Florida and a neighbor was telling me, \"She's only going to get worse.\" Ten years ago I was a caregiver, without fully realizing that I was a caregiver. Five years ago my partner was preparing to get a hysterectomy and I felt I was a caregiver, but I didn't yet have the external validation I craved.\r\n\r\nI think the lessons I've learned since then would fill five lifetimes, and <i>everything</i> -- from diet and fitness to my outlook on life to my dealings with \"authority\" -- have been informed by my caregiving. It's stripped off superfluous layers I didn't know I had, but that means my core self is learning resilience. At least, that's how it feels to me. :-) And this site and all of you are a major part of that learning.

Chris MacLellan

Looking back 10 years...wow...Not sure I want to go back, but the memories are sure prevalent in my mind. 'Look forward with a strong belief that your life has your back' is a great and way to live, Thanks so much for sharing this Denise!

RoaringMouse 2.0

Denise,\r\n\r\nI remember that song! But no I would not want to turn back the clock and I don't have any regrets. Ten years ago we hadn't even thought of having children, let alone that Hubby would be in a life changing accident. I was just finishing my Associate's Degree after returning back to college from a 16 yr hiatus and learning how to teach college level ESOL. If those 10 years hadn't happened..I wouldn't have a beautiful \"brainy\" child, I wouldn't have all the knowledge I do with SCI and its accompanying details, and I would have acquired a one-of-a-kind career in a field of Disabilities and Emergency Preparedness. I also would not be published.\r\n\r\nNo...no regrets here.\r\n\r\nWhat about Hubby's passing? G-d gave me a beautiful gift. Now I'll appreciate Hubby in other ways!\r\n\r\nThe Roaring Mouse