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No Turning Back: Why The Past Is A Land To Which We Cannot Return

“How do you move on? You move on when your heart finally understands that there is no turning back.” – J.R.R Tolkien

It’s still hard to believe that I’m 33…My heart feels like I should still be in college, but my body isn’t slowing down. Life just keeps moving. Time doesn’t stand still. With the passage of time comes regrets, dashed hopes, and lost opportunities.

When I was a teenager, it was easy to believe that life was “ahead of me”, leaving me with room to dream about a future that was going to be awesome. How? I had no idea. All I knew was that awesome things were going to happen. I just knew it.

When I graduated college, I knew that life was just beginning, full of opportunities to explore my passions and to start seizing the dreams that were on my heart. Who cared if one door closed? Another one was sure to open that would propel me into my awesome life! Positive self-talk, Voigt! You can do this!

Then one day, I woke up at the age of 33, wondering what the crap just happened. This wasn’t what I pictured when I was younger…

Yet, each day, I am learning to accept that I must move on.

Move on to new dreams.

Move on to a new adventure in my journey with God.

Move on from the failures that keep haunting me when I’m staring at the darkened ceiling at night.

Maybe your story is different than mine. It could be that you’ve lost a relationship that you once thought was forever. Maybe you’ve faced a tragedy that will forever leave a scar this side of eternity. Maybe you, like me, have seen your life and dreams go somewhere you never wanted to go.

Whatever it might be that is holding us to our past, we must embrace the reality that the past is a land to which we cannot return. Those days are behind us, lost in the history of space and time. The glorious reality is that the future is yet to be created, full of hope, new dreams, and new adventures.

Aren’t you tired of living in the past regrets? Aren’t you sick of losing the person you could be today, wallowing in the ghost of who you were yesterday?

You’re invited into a better future – one that is ahead, not behind.

It’s time to move on.