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The past is past!

Ahoy me mateys!

Every year, Tampa Bay is invited by PIRATES!

ARRRRRR! Yes, we here in Tampa Bay, celebrate a pirate invasion that we call Gasparilla.

It’s like our version of Mardi Gras, right down to the throwing of beads!

And I love Gasparilla. For the past couple of years, especially this year, I’ve had a great time.  But I always clench up. I get nervous. I worry accidentally.

Because one year. One year at Gasparilla. It was a nightmare. A total nightmare. I spent the day dealing with a friend’s angry alcoholism (she has since sought treatment) and pretty much ended the day in tears.

And I’m always like, okay now, is this year going to be like that? And no, it’s not. But there’s that nagging voice in the back of your head. That seed of doubt.  And you have to send it away.

Hello past! You are not the present. I acknowledge you, but don’t need you now. So skeddadle!

And when you let the past go, you open yourself to the present. And the present is where life is!

The past is past. The past has brought us where we are today, but you can leave it behind. So that’s what I did! And let me tell you, Gasparilla was a BLAST!

So when you get caught in the past, remind yourself to look to the present. It’s great to look back on the past, but we need to let the past be what it is. Learn from it, love it, but leave it in the past.  And enjoy this moment.

As Darius Rucker says, all the past, the good and the bad, is important because it leads you here to “this.

Are you stuck in the past? Or can you let it go and find the now?

Find the this. Find this moment. And you will arrrrrrrrrrguably enjoy life more!


  • erin

    January 28, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Great advice! The past is gone with little that can be done about! The future is possibilities!

  • yogainbloom

    January 30, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Gasparilla – that name makes me laugh. Glad you had a great time, and thanks for the wonderful reminder to live in the present.

  • Anne ~ Freedom Yoga

    February 1, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    A beautiful reminder about living in the present!