Letting go of the past is one of the hardest things in life. So many people throw around the phrase "just let it go" without realizing what they're telling that person to do. The thing is, most people that say it don't have any idea how to do it. Letting go is definitely one of those things that is easier said than done.
The problem with letting go is that there is no definitive way to do it. The process is different for everyone and some things are easier to let go of than others. It's a journey each individual must take on their own.
As I have graduated high school and moved onto the next chapter in my life, letting go has been a common thing for me. I have had to let go of my family, my friends, and my boyfriend. I thought it would be easy to live my old life at home while starting college, but I have learned that it's actually impossible.
I definitely miss the life I had before I moved into college but as this year has gone on, I've started letting go of certain things I found myself holding onto and changing into a better version of my old self.
I wish there was a list for every graduating senior that said what they need to let go of, but there isn't. It has taken months for me to realize what I value most in my life and what's worth giving up for something new. Sometimes, it takes trial and error to realize what is most important to you.
I have tried to let go of certain things and during that process, I have realized how important that thing is to me and how it makes me a better person. It's hard to realize what needs to be let go of without really thinking about your life without it. I have learned that its okay to change my mind and go back to some things from my past, as long as I learn from them and let them positively affect my life now.
Choosing to let go of something and actually letting go of it are two very different things. I have told myself hundreds of times to let go of my old relationship, but actually letting go of it is one of the hardest things I've had to do.
Realizing that letting go of the past is the best thing to do has taken me forever. I'm obviously no expert and I'm still trying to figure everything out for myself, but letting go is a part of growing up and I think realizing that, is the first step in living a better and happier life.