GOING FORWARD MEANS YOU CAN'T LOOK BACKWARD
Don’t Look Back

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Boston’s second album is called Don’t Look Back. The title track’s lyrics are inspirational — A new day is breakin’/It’s been too long since I felt this way/I don’t mind where I get taken/The road is callin’/Today is the day

While the song is probably more about the band on the road than embracing the new, the song seems pertinent to my creativity. It’s a bright horizon, and I’m awake now/Oh, I see myself in a brand new way.

I used to have a tremendous amount of regret. I’d obsess over paths taken and if I made the right choice. Today, I realize that was unhealthy. It would help if you never had any regrets in life. Look at the here and now. Be present. Look to the future.

And don’t look back.

I was trapped by past creative work. My writing output was ten times what it is now. I’m not writing every day. Life simply got in the way, or I got tired and turned to some other creative exercise. My creative writing became stagnant. The enthusiasm waned. Where did the passion go? I want to ignite it again. Start writing. Rewrite. Publish.

And don’t look back.

The best advice I ever got was to treat every day as a new opportunity to do good in the world. So, I’m going to try and be good, and along the way, I might try something new, do something different, and in the process, re-invent myself. Starting now.

Gene Simmons of KISS has said, “Every day above ground is a good day.” Each new dawn is a gift. It’s a blank slate.

Don’t look back.

The past can hold you back. I’m letting it go. The only thing that exists is the present, one breath into the future.

I’m not good at living each day like it’s my last, but it could be. So, I should be as creative as possible for as long as I can. I’m proud of my past, but I can’t let it define or cage me.

I’m starting new projects, dropping old ones, and looking at the past and how it can shape my future, but not for too long. I have to keep moving forward.

Don’t look back.

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