History, they say repeats itself. That no matter how horrible our mistakes were from the past, there is no guarantee we will not commit them once more. Does this mean history teaches us nothing?
I have come to accept that what is essential is what we have now and that the past is only significant for making us into who we have become. So maybe, we do learn from history. But since we are not perfect, we are expected to make mistakes, no matter how learned, or how stupid we are. Because circumstances will always be different the next time. There is no accurate way of predicting people’s behavior and events that will happen. This is why sometimes, it seems futile to plan too much for what lies ahead, because no one knows what’s in store tomorrow.
So whatever it is that you have, grab it and make the most out of it. There is wisdom in living as if it is your last day on earth. This is not to say that you should not hope for tomorrow. Hope is always a good thing. But it will not amount to anything if you don’t do something about it. As they say, the only thing we can give to other people is our vulnerability — and I suppose, that’s not too much to risk losing.
..repost from 2007.