While the past can sometimes drag you under, and it’s important to stay rooted in today, our yesterdays teach us about where we’ve been, who we are, and where we want to go.  As author and filmmaker Julia Cameron puts it, in order to create original work, we have to be the origin from which it comes.

Today, instead of letting the past haunt you, make peace with the fact that it happened.  It’s over, and can’t be changed.  Its story, however, can be told:  it can be written down, made into a poem, painted, sculpted, cooked, cleaned and ordered, any of a hundred other interpretations – and all from the same root material:  our own lives.

In what city did you live when you were twelve?

4 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge, Day 25: Y Is For Yesterday

  1. I can’t remember if I was still living in Arizona or not…

    1. Wow. Wild time as a twelve year old! 🙂

  2. Daytona Beach, Florida but I’m pretty sure we were planning to move to Blue Ridge, Ga to live in a log cabin about then. Very insightful post.

  3. I have always lived in American Midwest suburbia, but that town was small and safe enough that I could walk everywhere. I really appreciate the freedom in retrospect. Excellent post!

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