Posted: Dec 28, 1858 9:07 AM

I absolutely despise those who linger on the past. They often stick to the sorrows and sin that they have committed. They tend to reminisce, day and night, of their mistakes- how they could’ve made a single decision to change their past for the better. Frequently these mistakes were not in their control- but their minds are only filled with regret. This should not be how one should spend their days. Life is always filled with many opportunities ahead, and sticking to the past should be the least of a person’s worries. One can never repeat an emotion, time traps you in the present, so why dwell on something you cannot change? To dwell is to regret, and to regret is to abandon the present and future leaving it untended and withering. It is miraculously easy to tell when one lost their youth. Once one loses their youth, their ideas become stuck in that single point of time. They complain of what they have lost, their youthfulness and personal value. They no longer seek the parts of life that give them joy, instead submitting to the smallest of issues in our everyday lives. I contradict the aged for this reason. A man that has the opinions current in 1830 surrendered his youth during that same year. His mind is stuck in the past and he is no longer willing to observe the greatest that life has to offer him. The rest of his life is spent with lingering regret and little to no will to seek pleasure. When one thinks about the past, they usually think about their mistakes. It is simply silly to do so. To ponder about the past is for those that are exhausted. And those that ponder of the future are those that are truly enlightened.
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