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These sayings will encourage you let go of the past and pursue the future.
Whether it’s a broken heart, a breakup with a friend, job loss, or death, almost anyone can tell you endless stories about the pain they felt in those moments. What’s harder to find are relatable stories about how people moved on from those situations. That’s because even when moving on is the clear thing to do, it’s not the easiest thing to do and there’s no one way to do it. Varying lifestyle choices, importance in values, and life goals make it difficult for anyone to tell you how to move forward. But these moving on quotes capture universal emotions that may help you on your personal journey towards finding closure.
While you may be desperately looking for the exact inspiring blueprint on how to move on from a challenge, it’s important to remember that everything has its season. Furthermore, all the inspiration you need to get ahead is already within you. But we understand that may be difficult to believe when you’re trying to process complicated emotions. Hopefully, these quotes about letting go of the past from real-life heroes in history — who know a thing or two about moving on from life obstacles — will provide the eternal guidance you need. At the very least, they will hopefully help you realize that the easiest way to move on is to find peace in the present as it will likely light the path to a new beginning.
“You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened…or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move on.”
“Moving on is easy. It’s staying moved on that’s trickier.”
“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.”
“Say yes, and you’ll figure it out afterward.”
“Fear tricks us into living a boring life.”
“There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
“Letting go is hard but being free is beautiful.”
“A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.”
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
“Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.”
“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.”
“A very wise man once told me that you can’t look back – you just have to put the past behind you, and find something better in your future.”
“That’s all you can do in this world, no matter how strong the current beats against you, or how heavy your burden, or how tragic your love story. You keep going.”
“What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.”
“You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won’t happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.”
“The great courageous act that we must all do, is to have the courage to step out of our history and past so that we can live our dreams.”
“Girls you’ve gotta know when it’s time to turn the page.”
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
“There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life.”
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
“You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.”
“I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.”
“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”
“The greatest win is walking away and choosing not to engage in drama and toxic energy at all.”
“Sometimes forever doesn’t happen. And that’s something we all occasionally forget.”
“Sometimes we can only find our true direction when we let the wind of change carry us.”
“You can’t walk away without also walking towards.”