The internal process of self discovery that we go through is so prolonged that if we knew where we would land later on we might not have made certain decisions to begin with. For example, I married someone after the death of my father from cancer who wasn’t the right match and let someone go when I was young who I am now with again. These were my decisions and my life took a certain direction because of them.
Might I have done things differently if I had been more keenly aware of what I needed to be happy at each of those stages? It’s difficult to say.
Each stage of life allows us to mine another nugget of wisdom that fosters further growth s human beings. What I am trying to do now is live more in the present; forget the past as much as possible and let the future take care of itself.
One way to help end some of our suffering is to put away needless guilt. As humans we feel guilt for just about everything but it is often misplaced and we imagine we are failing much more than we really are. Some people will even take advantage of our guilt and have us respond to their demands. I remember when I was first divorced and how easily my ex-wife would manipulate me because of my guilt. Even if she had been the one who asked for the divorce, I felt that I had done something so drastically wrong by withholding information about my transgender nature that I felt I owed her everything. I gave her all the furniture, gave her more money from the sale of the house than I needed to and so on.
Over time, I realized that much of this was due to misplaced guilt that I had been attached to all of my life because of this secret I had to live with. It was so horrible and so reprehensible that I deserved to feel guilty. I now know much better but it took time to remove and it’s the equivalent to the persistent weeds in your garden.
You just to keep at them and remove them one by one.