Your Past Doesn’t Define Your Future
The first time I shared my very vulnerable story was in 2015.
I got such positive feedback and messages from people who struggled or had a family member struggling and it gave them hope. Its been able to encourage others to believe your past doesn’t define your future. Over time, I have been able to share it more as I have fully come to terms with it. I went into more details in parts 1 and parts 2 if you care to know more.
I have learned through lots of personal development and soul searching that I no longer need to be ashamed of where Ive been or where my mindset used to be.
This is a post I made on Tuesday for Transformation Tuesday.
My goal is to inspire and remind people there is hope. No matter what your past may look like, mental health, poor decisions, drugs, drop out, teen pregnancy, flunking out of college, divorce you name it. We all have a past. We all have made mistakes and gone through some really tough stuff. But that doesn’t mean we can’t change. We can learn from the past so we can be even stronger in the future. Your Past Does Not Define Your Future.
I hope this speaks to you too.
2003 I was diagnosed with anorexia I was about 65lbs. I did 3 weeks in patient treatment following my freshman year and saw specialists & doctors throughout the next 2 years…
I graduated in 2006 and was doing well.
Summer 2007 I slipped back into old patterns. The voice in my head was back and fighting to win the battle. I’m stronger than I looked. The pic on the left was celebrating my baby brothers 21st bday.
While I don’t have a picture of me with my brothers from his wedding this weekend yet, here is one on my wedding last year. My smile is brighter, my arms are stronger, my mind is healthier, my life is so much happier.
Here are a few crazy stats
-anorexia has the highest morality rate of any mental illness
– lifetime prevalence of binge eating is 3.5% in women
– 2003 study found people with anorexia are 56 times more likely to commit suicide
– Young women with anorexia are 12 times more likely to die than are other woman the same age who don’t do it.
Your past has given you the strength & wisdom you have today, so celebrate it. Don’t let it haunt you.
Just because the past didn’t turn out like you wanted it to, doesn’t mean your future can’t be better than you ever imagined!