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let it go 🌊
you're not what you were
I have a lot of regrets in my life. Spent 10+ years trying to punish myself for them.
The "Big One" for me is my history of addiction and selfish, abusive behavior toward people I claimed to love.
The stoics helped me realize that I didn’t have to be that person anymore.
I could “die” and become someone new every single day.
It put the ancient mythologies of baptism / the phoenix / cosmic absolution into a different perspective for me, and filled me with a new hope.
It also helped me realize that virtue and vice become their own reward / punishment.
The biblical “Sheol” is a mental state of despair — a feedback loop we fall into when we take actions that we don’t want to integrate into our idea of our “self.”
We store that stuff up in our Shadow until it becomes a monster we can’t control.
It's like Frankenstein, only we're both the monster and the scientist — living a double life and carrying our regrets and secrets everywhere we go.
That burden takes up the headspace we need to think creatively, which ends up preventing us from identifying and acting on opportunities that will change our life for the better.
The only way out is to detach.
We can’t change the past. But we can stop letting it define our future.
What are you ready to let go of? 👇
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