Should you forgive people who have wronged you?

I believe that, while forgiving others can be both a gesture of your own greatness and stupidity (fool me once…), more thought should be attributed to the forgiveness of yourself. We all walk down our own path of life and sooner or later you are going to take decisions that will change your life for the better or the worse. Let’s focus on these decisions that’ll turn out to be bad. You’re going to look back one day and realize that what you did was wrong.

And you’ll realize that you can’t take back words you said, nor can you undo the things you did. You don’t get to press restart. Maybe you’ve hurt somebody. And you feel regret and you’d do anything to go back to that particular day. Because it’s all you think about and you want to show that what you did was a mistake, you want to show the world and yourself that this mistake is not who you are, prove that you’re not a bad person.

But as appealing as it is, that’s not how things work. You ruin your inner peace because you won’t stop thinking about that one mistake and you start judging yourself. Because you don’t let go of the past. Because you don’t forgive yourself. Because you do not accept that you’re flawed. You do not want to accept that mistakes are part of life.

But a mistake is a mistake and it will still be a mistake in 20 years. You can spend the rest of your life looking back at that moment, accusing yourself. Or you choose to forgive yourself and let the past be in the past. Let yourself be human. Because forgiving yourself does not mean that you ignore what you did. It does not mean that you choose to delete part of your past. It merely means you’re ready to accept imperfection.

Make the mistakes work for you, let them teach you to become a better you.

“The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” -Rafiki (The Lion King)

Invent yourself, CK

Spend time with the right people

There’s nothing better than spending your time with the friends you love and knowing that they will still be your friends in a few years.

Rather than trying to invest your time in all sorts of activities, invest it in the right people. When you’re in good company it doesn’t matter what you do. It’s really irrelevant whether you’re out drinking expensive champagne in one of those fancy overpriced bars or if you’re bumming around at your house drinking Ice Tea.

If you’re simply checking off your to-do list, without taking care of whom you’re checking it off with, you’ll end up regretting it.

However, often we don’t realize that the people we’re spending time with right now, are not people that’ll stay in our life. That does not mean that you can’t have a good time with people who you know won’t be part of your life in 10 years.

As I’m writing this I’m thinking of an American guy that was camping right next to us at Rock-A-Field , whom we had a great time with, knowing very well that we won’t ever see him again (plus he probably died of an alcohol overdose)

Some people are simply not meant to stay in your life. They might just be the universe’s way of making you change your way of thinking on something. Sometimes, we’re not given second chances. Be aware that people are capable of wasting your time, time you won’t get back. Realize that life’s too short to spend it with the wrong people. Not everyone’s supposed to follow you on your path.

It’s not about what you spend your time on; it’s who you spend your time with.

Invent yourself,CK

Be picky with who you invest your time in. Wasted time is worse than wasted money. -Unknown