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The saying, if you don’t study history, you are bound to repeat the mistakes of the past, is so well-known for a reason. If we repeat certain behaviors, such as bad relationships or bad jobs, it could be because there is something in your past that you are missing and it is making you susceptible to these behaviors. That is one instance where learning from the past could make a difference for your future.

On the other hand, there are times when the present and the future get eclipsed from a concentrated focus on the past. There are some people, who for a myriad of reasons, can’t seem to engage in their present day lives and lose themselves in reliving the glory days. That is a recipe for losing what time you have in this life, if all you can do is attempt to recapture a life that has long gone by with the people, situations and context associated with the past. It is impossible to replicate a specific place in time. The people are different, the feelings are different, the times themselves are different. Unfortunately, everyone knows someone like this in their lives, and they are for the most part, unhappy souls. They are stuck at the pause button of emotional growth in life or they simply want the rewind button to really work on their life and it can’t.

I can say with certainty, that I love my memories very much but I am always excited about the future and what possible challenges and adventures might come my way. I am, right now and for the next few weeks, doing background preparation for the month-long writing challenge in November. It’s called National November Novel Writing Month, the challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. You have from November 1 to November 31st to do all your writing. I’m getting excited and nervous, I hope that I am up to the task.