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I'm Looking Forward and Leaving the Past Behind

The Past Must Remain Where it is

Part of my healing journey has been revisiting my past. It has been necessary for me to confront my past so I can have a better understanding of the person I am today. I needed to face my demons and remember where I have come from in order to see myself for who I am.

As I am healing from that past, I am realizing that in order to continue to move forward, the past must remain where it is. I don't have a need to relate it to where I am in my life today. I need to continue to grow and embrace my present moments. I don't need to explain my past to others in order for them to know me, because my past does not dictate who I am today.

For so many years I pretended like my past didn't happen. I protected those who treated me like I was less than because I felt like it was my fault. I did not think I deserved happiness and unconditional love. I thought I was different from everyone else. I thought I needed to be perfect, obedient, and to constantly prove my worth. I now know that I am deserving of everything everyone else is. I matter and I am enough just the way I am.

My Happiness is Important

My happiness is just as important as anyone else in my family. I am entitled to a life that brings me joy, a life that I want to be a part of. The job I have, the things I do in my free time, and the places I visit should all add to my happiness. I shouldn't be forced to participate in activites that don't add to my happiness.

I am responsible for my happiness. Just as I am not responsible for anyone else's happiness, no one is responsible for my happiness. Happiness comes from the inside. If I'm not happy then it's up to me to make the changes that will bring me happiness.

It's Okay to Ask For Help

It's alright if I can't solve my problems and heal on my own. I did not learn healthy coping mechanisms, emotional regulation, and stress management. I can now choose to learn new ways that will better help me handle these tough situations.

It's also okay if I need to take medication that will help me to handle my anxiety and depression. These medications are a good tool to help me as I am learning these new techniques. Taking medication today doesn't mean I will have to take it the rest of my life. I am in control of my body and it is my decision to make and decide what is best for me.

Do what is best for you today. You are never stuck with a decision you made yesterday, you can always choose a new path and direction whenever you need or want to. You hold all of the power to your life and happiness.



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