Why Is It Important To Live In The Past?

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George Washington said, “We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.” What Washington is trying to say is that people should not dwell on the past, unless it is for the purpose of learning from their failures. It is not good to look on the past because it means that one is not focusing on the present. It is important to focus on the present because that is where life takes place. Life does not take place in the past or in the future. Life takes place now. When people wish that they could be back in the past, it is a foolish, fruitless and futile effort. The past cannot come back. The only things that human beings really possess is the present. …show more content…
He sadly cannot do so as he was caught cheating on her but he keeps trying to relive the past. On the first page, he admits that he “[tries] every trick in the book to keep her. You write her letters. You drive her to work. You quote poems by Pablo Neruda. You compose a mass e-mail disowning all your sucias” (Diaz 1). Yunior now realizes that his girlfriend is a lost cause, and what he is doing is not going to help him at all. His girlfriend said “I’ll put a machete in you” if he was caught cheating. In this case, his girlfriend will not stab him, but instead will break up with him. Her statement is not to be taken in the literal sense, but it is to be taken in a sense that the relationship will end. Looking back into the past is like trying to put spilled milk back into the carton. You cannot do that, what happened in the past stays in the past, and Yunior cannot make things better with his ex-girlfriend by helping her or doing things for her. Another instance where Yunior is looking back on the past is when he goes into his stage of depression after his running injury. Immediately after his diagnosis, he goes home and becomes a hermit before “[he calls] the ex, but of course she doesn’t pick up” (Diaz 7). This is after the fact that his girlfriend already broke up with him, and poor Yunior wants to get back with her and to the “good old days.” Once he broke up, his life started to go downhill, and he went with it. He starts becoming a more solitary person, however he also made some gains from this breakup too. For instance, he starts to take up jogging and when that went sour, he took up yoga. Good things can come from bad experiences. So because Yunior wants to go back with his ex, he takes up activities such as running or yoga to take his mind off of her, because when he was doing those hobbies it made him feel better as a person. Unfortunately,

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