Like many others, I have met thousands of people so far. First came blood relatives and the ones I met through going to eight schools when I was growing up.
Next were the numerous work colleagues in the dozens of jobs I’ve had over the years.
Then came the houses I’ve lived in, the parties I’ve been to and the people I met on my travels. More recently I have met other local mums, as well as a ton of people through blogging.
Some have left distinct memories, but many I wouldn’t recognise in a line-up
I’ve written before about how fortunate I am to have the amazing people I do in my life. My rock solid husband, who is everything and more you could want out of a partner. His lovely family, who welcomed me from day one. My ridiculously awesome friends, who are always there when I need them.
Of the distant friends that I only interact with on Facebook, I have tons of great memories. Music has the ability to take me right back to a place and time. I get random flashes of deja vu, which will leave me rooted to the spot. I only have to think about certain people to feel warm and fuzzy.
These are the people who have left footprints on my heart. Even if I never see them again in real life, I will look back on our time together fondly
Then there are others. The ones who hurt me, and treated me badly. Toxic friendships based on lies and mistrust. Sacred bonds broken, never to be repaired.
The two boys who abused me when I was a young girl. The mean girls who bullied me at school.
The older work colleagues who took advantage in various ways. The one who tried to pin a crime on me, even though he had a security camera above his head, recording his every move.
The boss who literally destroyed my soul, and left me incapable of working for anyone else. Instead of getting another job I haphazardly set up a business on the cusp of the financial crisis, which led me to bankruptcy.
The raft of ‘frenemies’ over the years, who were oh so lovely to my face and downright awful behind my back.
I spent far too long allowing the ghosts from my past to haunt my present
Although time certainly goes some way towards healing wounds, letting go has to be a conscious decision. The first step is forgiving ourselves, and others who have caused us pain.
Other people’s words or actions can have a lasting affect on our confidence, but it’s vital not to become a victim. You must take back control from those who have taken it away from you.
Likewise, when we know we have been the cause of someone else’s pain, we can let that torture us, but we mustn’t. What’s been done has been done, and the best thing to do in these cases is hold up our hands and say we are sorry. A genuine apology can go a long way in helping to rebuild broken ties.
Devising a basic set of principles could help guide you through difficult times
We are living in an age where depression is at an all time high. Failed life expectations, and not being where we thought we would be account for a lot of it. Social media portraying the very best bits, and making us think that everyone else is having a better time than we are doesn’t help. Don’t put off conquering your demons.
The best way to stay happy in world full of sadness, is by living as authentically as we can. I have three guiding principles that I try and adhere to, which keep me on track when the going gets tough. They speak volumes, and have helped me tremendously.
“I will be true to myself today.”
“I will be kind to myself and those around me today.”
” I will make good decisions today.”
Always aim to leave footprints on people’s hearts, not open wounds for them to have to heal