Learning from the Past

Learning from the Past

I’m a young person, but I’m not so young that I don’t remember a time where technology was limited. I remember using floppy disks when I was younger. I can still picture those cellphones that were so sturdy that you could essentially drop them off of two story building and not have to worry about it breaking. I even remember when the internet was new in homes. Everyone had dial-up and you couldn’t talk on a landline at the same time that the internet was running. Now, everything gets saved to the cloud. Cellphones may have everything that you can imagine on them, but when they drop off a stool onto the floor without a case, you can definitely expect for the screen to shatter into a million little pieces. And, internet is so fast now that we get annoyed if we have to wait more than 2 seconds for a page to load.

Another thing that technology has touched is test-taking. This doesn’t affect everyone, but it came to mind when I started writing this post because I took a test last month that was on the computer. Back in the day, I would’ve had to take an exam like that with a pencil and paper, but because it’s 2018, I had to do it on a computer. It was convenient because I didn’t have to worry about things like my hand cramping up like I would’ve had to do if I had to have taken it with a pencil and paper, but there were also some disadvantages. One of the main things that I didn’t like was that I wasn’t allowed to go back to a previous section and check my answer. Once it was submitted, it was submitted. So, if my answer was wrong, I had no choice but to deal with it. Now, of course there were tests that I took in my formative years that stated that I wasn’t allowed to go back and look at my answers (like the SAT), but since there wasn’t a set of algorithms preventing me from doing it, I could easily re-check my work when no one was looking. And after the first wrong answer I submitted on that computerized test, I definitely was wishing for a pencil and paper exam.

After hitting the incorrect response, I wanted desperately to go back and change it. But the thing is, no matter how hard I wished I wasn’t going to be able to pick the right answer choice that I wanted to select. So, I was presented with two options. I could continue to dwell on something that happened in the past that I could not change, or I could keep moving forward and try the best that I could so that I could pass the exam like I wanted. If I chose option one then I would have had even less time to finish the timed exam, which would’ve meant that I wouldn’t be able to get finished with it before time ran out. And if that was the case, then I might not have been able to pass it. On the other hand, if I chose the second option then I would be able to complete it in enough time, which would have increased my chances of passing. In the end, I went with the second option. And that wound up working out for me because I passed!

Positive thinker, you can’t change the past, but you can change the future. What happened yesterday, or the day before that, or the day before that, is a part of history now, and you can’t change history. What you can do on the other hand, is learn from history. When you mess up, you’re given a chance to learn from the mistake. Going back and changing it isn’t possible, but making sure that it never happens to you again in the future is definitely doable.

I don’t want you to get hung up on your past. When you do that you’ll never be able to move to a place of happiness. Find the lesson from your mistakes, and then move on. When you choose this option you can start moving towards the future that you desire. And that happens to be a lot better than staying miserable by hanging on to the past. Choose the better option. Choose happiness!