The past is just that; it is behind me. It is neither my present nor my future; it cannot be altered, yet I choose to what degree I will let it dictate my life today. I have had numerous indiscretions during the course of my life; too many to mention. I have blessed with second chances and would be remiss if I did not afford others the same and were to sit in judgement. This is not to say at some point you should not do that which is right for you (often it is very hard), but redemption can be found in the most unlikely places. Judging others for the sins of their own pasts would also be condemning me, which I do not do today. However, we must not ruminate or dwell on past grievances, as this will greatly influence our present and future. I am not merely my words, I am what I think and do as well. I cannot expect to lift others up if I am drastically pessimistic. I see my past in the mirror, feel it with every movement, yet I remain as brave as I can in the face of adversity. If I lived in the past, I would surely crumble. Bravery is not the absence of fear, but facing fear and continuing despite.