Poetry

Daily Struggle

They say
that the past
doesn’t define you.
So tell me, then,
why is my every day
filled with fear?

© Sarah Doughty

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26 thoughts on “Daily Struggle”

  1. I think our past influences what we do in the present, but I don’t think it determines who we’ll forever be. For example, I wouldn’t call a person who recovered from an addiction an addict (I don’t even like the term “recovered addict”). But this might just be me.

    Anyway, awesome micro as usual! I really love the ones that make me think 😃.

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  2. I’ve been thinking about this very idea lately, and I think there is a difference between remembering something and carrying the burden of it. You don’t have to carry the burden of something to remember it. I think healing starts when we learn to set it down and continue our journey without making it the focus of our life.
    My burden is that I’ve lost a number of people who I love (I don’t say loved, because I still love them even if they’re not here), and several of them in a short time period. My sister once told me that I am more than a person who has lost people. The loss is something that happened to me, but it is not what or who I am. But more than that, I couldn’t let it become everything that I am. From that, I took on the fake it until you make it approach that you and I were talking about the other day. I didn’t know what it would feel like to feel hope and healed from the situation, so I started imaging what it might look like or feel like. And I think that was the first step to healing. I no longer feel like I’m at the bottom of a well with no way out. I’m not healed, but I’m better than where I was (most days anyway).
    When I think of how long we sometimes carry these burdens, I realize how long it will probably take to readjust our thinking and get to a place where we don’t have to remind ourselves that we’re okay now.

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  3. Good observation. Only fools pay no attention to their past, thus reenacting their mistakes ever and anon. Also, as seems evident in your poem, we do relive past events and they do affect how we perform now. We know what happened to us and that most certainly shapes our current thinking and interaction with others. If the past did not define us, no one who’s ever been broken into would care to buy better insurance, or install security systems on their homes. Examples of how the past defines us are endless. This brings up something that I worked out: there is no “now” or “present” – only our past, including that last second that ticked by – and what we can extrapolate into the future. The present is like a line, or a dot, separating past and future. There is nothing in the actual present since it contains no time frame. Those who advocate living “in the now” are just so full of it! 🙂

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