If you were free from your past, who would you be?

If you awoke this morning, unencumbered by past experience; free from the baggage you’ve acquired, the wounds that haven’t healed, the stifling beliefs and cacophony of negative voices that follow you; the pain of your so-called “mistakes” — who would you be?

If you could drop the weight you carry — the stories you’ve held onto about yourself and your past and your limitations — how would you see yourself?

If you could let everything that holds you back and pins you down and keeps you afraid fall away forever — what would you accomplish?

Who would you be if you let it all go?

Lately, I’ve wondered about the Hannah I could be if I weren’t weighed down by past patterns. What could I be capable of if I cleared my consciousness of past absurdity? It’s all self-created, a story we tell ourselves over and over again; a repetitive tale of other people’s opinions and standards and qualifications.

Without that story, I would stand strong and confident, happy with the skin I’m in, enthusiastic and free and completely myself. Fearless.

So why can’t I be that person now, today? It’s only my mind that stands in my way. There are no real obstacles, only perceived roadblocks and mental walls I’ve constructed. I can begin again, anytime and every time.

As Emerson once said, “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”



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