Let Your Past Shape You
The reason I use the phrase "see my heart, not my past" so often is because of what it has meant for me and for my life as I have changed radically over the years. You know, as soon as I decided to quit settling for less, as soon as I decided to stop neglecting my health, as soon as I decided to be the best version of myself I realized something. I realized that when you decide for real that you are going to make some radical changes in your life then all of the chains they try to put on you will never be enough. People in your life will always try to judge you for your past. They will always try to drag you down. They will see you trying to be better than who you were and all they will do is remind you who you were and tell you that you can't do any better than that. The problem is they are wrong, and when you start noticing the results of change in your actions in your life then what they say won't be able to shake you even a little bit. It is the beginning when they really try to get you.
Before you have reaped the benefits of the change you have started to implement in your life then they will come after you and it can be easy to believe them sometimes. Especially when you struggle along the path to change. You will encounter some failures and you will hear all about who you used to be and it can be easy to believe that you just don't have it in you to be better. Well, first of all that is simply not true. Secondly, these people are just trying to knock you down because your attitude and actions to be better is just a constant reminder to them that they aren't changing. You are just a reminder to them that they are not who they want to be. They want to believe that people are who they are so that gives them an excuse to be lazy and not change, but they can't really believe that if someone is working hard and making progress towards change right in front of them. Then they would just be denying reality itself. So they tear you down instead. If they succeed and you stop as a result of your hate then you aren't only hurting yourself and stunting your future, but you are hurting them too. You are proving to them that true change is not really possible and that they can feel comfortable staying where they are and never evolving.
If you can push yourself through what they tell you about yourself and refuse to let it get you down then maybe you can be an inspiration to you. Your past should fuel you instead of discourage you. Your past is proof that radical change really can happen. And that is truly inspiring if anything is inspiring.
It all starts with you.