Everyone's past is different, just like how people process their challenges differently. One thing that everyone has in common is thinking about the past. Whether it's in a positive or negative way, we always reflect on our past. And as they say, hindsight is 20/20. But that doesn't stop us from wondering what could be or what we could've done differently. Or reflecting on just HOW good 'those good ole days' used to be.
Living in your past is not necessarily a bad thing, depending on if the part of your past that you're living in is good or bad. However, when you live in the past and reminisce about things that once were you tend to miss a lot. And I mean a lot. All the good things that are happening in your life at the moment, you're completely blind to because of how caught up with your past you are. When you're caught up in your own little world dreaming about the past, it distracts you from everything in your life that's going on right now.
Your life is most likely never going to be the same as your past. Ever. For example, I've been known to talk a lot about experiences on my vacations because I was so happy. I know that I can never have the same experience as it was on vacation. But sometimes it's hard to fully realize that. And that's okay. Realizing that you're thinking about the past and wishing to be back there in that moment again is okay. What's not okay is to let yourself remain in that state of mind for seemingly an eternity.
So moving forward, be conscious of your thoughts. Don't let yourself drift too far into your past so that you stop focusing on the present and future. And as a very wise person once told me, "Live in the now, live in the moment and worry about the rest later."