No matter how much you may love your past, you have to step out of it.
No matter what, you have to step out of the past. You just can't keep on lingering there, beloveds. Holding on to the past is putting constraints on yourself. Holding on to the past, whether happy or unhappy, makes you sad. Now, there is nothing wrong with being sad, yet holding on to the past is an indulgence. It doesn't get you anywhere. It immobilizes you.
Into what terrain of life do you enter? What setting do you give yourself today? What freedom do you give yourself, and what freedom do you take away?
If you must see your life and the world in a prescribed way, then you have withdrawn your freedom. If you insist on seeing and interpreting and valuing as you are accustomed to, you may well be accepting dried flowers instead of fresh ones. I would like you to hold freshly picked flowers. If you cannot accept fresh thoughts, take another look at your old ones. The recipes handed down in your family are not necessarily the loving kind.
Regret and rue and remorse are all from the past, and this is why you don't want them to stick around. They hold you to the past, and in the past, beloveds, in terms of the relative world, you were less than you are now. It's that simple. And so I adjure you to leap out of the past and leave it behind forevermore.