Past vs. Future

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALate night reflection from 7-13-13:
"Everyone has a past...and a future," voiced Jon Foreman at today's Bro-Am. "You are more than the choices that you've made/you are more than the sum of your past mistakes," the band Tenth Avenue North sings in their song "You Are More." Both statements? True.
In the past lie the dark times that we so desperately avoid but weigh so heavily on us. They overshadow the times of undeniable bliss and happiness and reveal our depth of depravity. We should always be looking to the future, hopefully, gratefully. Onward.
You are more than your past. But your past is still part of you. You are more than the fantasized about but not yet fulfilled first kiss. But you are that fantasy, the way it evolved and how it dissipated. You are more than the nauseating secrets. But those secrets create the framework for your soul.
Your past does not have to define you. Choose the parts to learn from and move on. Your essence is the sum of your experiences and dreams and the hollow potentiality that every human possesses. You are who you have been and who you are working to be. Self-discovery is a broken road, but one that every soul is destined to journey on."