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I’m always so surprised at how many people look at their life through the rearview mirror. So many people try to relive the “glory days” or recollect moments that have faded into a distant memory. Many people analyze their life down to insignificant details and decisions that probably would not have made any difference.
Have you ever met up with an old friend and all they want to talk about is something that happened years decades ago?
You know exactly what I’m taking about.
You are out to dinner, devouring a 3,000-calorie pasta dinner and really enjoying meeting up with your old friend. Then…she does it.
Out of nowhere, she brings up that one “crazy night” at the freshman Homecoming dance.
You just nod along while she explains minute details about the weather that night and how her date was late to pick her up. Instead of embracing the memory, you sit across the table thinking, “Who the hell did I go to freshman Homecoming with? Why is my friend talking about this? Should I have asked for more Parmesan?”
Then, your dear friend starts babbling on about that one time you tried to hook up with Kathy DeMarco’s boyfriend, but after a super intense make out session, you couldn’t remember where you put your retainer, and everyone spent 45 minutes searching around Amy Jefferson’s pool to find it.
“I don’t even remember these people. I do vaguely remember losing my retainer though. I should schedule a dentist appointment.”
So often, we reflect on memories or the “what if’s” of life, but living in the past prevents us from moving forward. Living in the past diverts our attention from achieving all the greatness life has to offer.
Sure, it’s nice to remember some things and to have a laugh about silly times when you didn’t have real responsibilities, but that’s not real life; that’s not who I am today.
Get to know me for who I am today. Ask questions about my life. I have changed since the “glory days” …and so have you. I want to know who you are today.
I challenge you to look ahead. Look into the future and see all the great opportunities and adventures that will come your way. Set and accomplish goals. Create opportunities. Live life.
I challenge you to learn about the important things in people’s lives, instead of bringing up memories people could potentially want to forget.
I challenge you to live in the now. Cherish today. Embrace these moments.
Climb Out of The Cubicle Amber is the Strategist, Coach, and Blogger behind Climb Out of The Cubicle. She coaches those who are serious about climbing out of the cubicle to create a life they deserve. Join the Cubicle Climber Community on Facebook and follow Amber on Twitter.