Some people tend to remember the past as the good old days, others remember the past as anything but good. In considering our future progress, neither way of remembering the past is ideal because, our past doesn't equal our future. Our past should not be forgotten, but it is in our best interest to remember our past and appreciated it for what it is... our past. If we're trying to build our best possible life, then our past should not dictate our future.
If we are constantly thinking about our past, then it probably means that right now we're living in the past instead of the present. It also probably means that we're resting a little too much on our laurels or past achievements. My granddaddy once told me that the good old days weren't always so good, and tomorrow ain't as bad as it seems. We should appreciate yesterday, but we should also let go of it so we can reach for the gold that tomorrow has to offer with both of our hands. If we don't have both hands free while trying to reach tomorrow's opportunities, we may end up letting great opportunities slip through our grasp.
In contrast, if we only remember the failures of yesteryear and don't believe in the good old days, then we are going to miss some of the golden opportunities of tomorrow. Just because we couldn't do something yesterday, it doesn't mean that we won't be able to do it tomorrow. There was a time when we were babies and couldn't walk upright on our own two feet. The small fact that we couldn't stand upright without falling forward didn't stop us from eventually standing tall and running forward, full-speed ahead.
Now teens, go learn, lead, and lay the way to a better world for all of us. Remember that our past does not equal our future. So go ahead and create a new incredible future for yourself, and subsequently for your loved ones too. And once again, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do...