“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” – Maya Angelou
Angelou is an American writer, singer, actress, and activist. She gained public attention when she recited a poem she wrote herself at the first inauguration of United States’ President Bill Clinton in 1993.
The above quote encourages us to recognise and accept that we cannot change the past. However, despite what has happened in the past, especially if it was painful or shameful, we do not need to live that past again. It is often said that history repeats itself, but Angelou tells us that we are able to stop patterns from repeating themselves. If we face the past, we can learn from it. By learning from it, we can prevent others from suffering in ways that they did in the past.
It is important to take our experiences and learn from them. That way, we can pass those experiences and the knowledge that comes from them onto others. We can educate others on how to prevent heartache, sadness, and injustice. The future has endless possibilities, regardless of what has happened before that moment.
Take a moment to think about how you can learn from history and use it to impart a better future on those around you.