Take 20 words chosen at random. Put them in a bowl. Draw one, and write something about it.
Simple? Maybe not.
The past is the past. That’s what they say — like the past has nothing to do with the present or the future.
There is no escaping your past. That’s another thing they say.
Everything in your past is directly connected to what you are, do and think today: whatever you were — doctor, lawyer, rodeo clown; whatever you did — saved lives, destroyed reputations, jumped in a barrel; whatever you thought — socialized medicine is bad, crime is good for business, bulls are really, really quick.
You cannot change what happened, but you can change what will happen. It’s all about controlling the uncontrollable.
So, get out there, kick your past in the ass, and take command of your life. You are large and in charge.
Unless, of course, you are in prison for life without possibility of parole because you hacked your mother-in-law to death with a carving knife in front of your entire family one Thanksgiving Day dinner. Then, you’re pretty much screwed.