Never be defined by your past.
It was just a lesson, not a life sentence.
Everything that has ever taken place in your life has contributed in some way to who you are today. Your past has provided you with the lessons, coupled with the issues that you will spend the rest of your life overcoming.
“We are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it.” Rick Warren
Your past is important, you do need to explore it, find out where all your issues reside, confront them and begin to work on letting them go. You can't change anything that has already happened, but you can forgive, accept and request the highest and best to all concerned.
“Take it from me: If you hear the past speaking to you, feel it tugging up your back and running its fingers up your spine, the best thing to do, the only thing, is run.” Lauren Oliver,
The past is a great place to visit, but you don't want to live there; it will hold you back from your growth, your potential, and everything that is waiting for you. Live for today.
“It's being here now that's important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it, and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one.”