Enduring Understanding

In the book “Things fall apart” by Chinua Achebe we can see how Okonkwo’s past affects a lot of the decisions he makes in the future. Sometimes something bad happens to us in the past which makes us really scared to start a new life or to do something cause of the fear that the same thing may happen again and maybe not with us but with someone in our family or loved one which we care for. Sometimes we do something that later on we regret but we can’t go back in time and fix it so its constantly coming back to us, reminding us that we did something wrong and making us regret it even more. The pain from our past can affect the decisions we make in our future either in negative or positive ways. One way would be making us learn from our mistakes . The way we can adapt to to life’s surprises to ensure survival for generations to come is knowing that something bad is going to happen sooner or later, i mean life is not perfect there is always something bad that is going to happen so we need to be prepared for when it comes. The past is always going to be here either good or bad but its always going to be there no matter what so we have to be prepared.

The way the pain from our past positively or negatively affect the choices we make in the future, the past is always going to be here either if we want it to be or not, no matter what you do is always going to be there. So the only thing i could think about doing is lean about our mistakes, this may sound like a bad thing since we are realizing we did something wrong so its pretty good, this would be the 1st step if you regret doing something which you knew was wrong and you want people to forgive you the first thing you have to do is forgive yourself. The past is something that we can’t get rid off, but we have to think about the future in the story we can see that Okonkwo’s past followed him until the day he died. Sometimes bad things happen to us but we need to get over them and face the reality we need to learn from our mistakes, if we did something wrong we have to look back to what we did wrong and make sure we don’t do it again.

Others may argue that learning from our mistakes is not going to help at all since the past is still going to be there no matter what, It’s not like learning from our mistakes is going to make us forget about it or something either way were going to remember it . yeah we may learn something from it but it’s still not going to help us at all, what people should do is just forget about it, it’s obvious that bad things are going to happen in life either way life is not perfect. we are going to go through good and bad experiences in life and sometimes we are going to like things and sometimes we are not going to like them , but the past is the past and we can’t do nothing about it , we just have to keep our head up and keep going on with life. It would be easy if we could go back in time and change the past but since we can’t do that i say we stick to reality and move on.

However i don’t think we should actually listen to this because, we need to learn from our mistakes so that way we can be prepared to what may happen in the future, after we realize what type of thing happened in our past we can get a better idea to what may happen in the future we can be prepared to not do the same mistakes we did last time. yeah its true that we can’t change our past but that doesn’t mean we can’t change our future which later on is going to be our past. through the years we experience certain things that later on in the future can help us over come fears, obstacles and many other things , in the book we can see how Okonkwo’s dad didn’t have any titles or any other accomplishments Okonkwo’s goal was to be as different from his father as possible, he wanted to be a respected man , someone in which everybody felt proud of. But that embarrassment that he felt from his father had always followed him. He never forgot about this , he killed the person who called him father just for not showing any sign of weakness to him affection was a sign of weakness, we need to look at our past see what we did wrong and what we did right, don’t just try to forget about your past try to fix it.

In conclusion the pain from the past is something that is always going to follow us in one way or the other, its us the ones that have to try to fix it and learn from our mistakes so later on the future when a similar situation comes along, we need to be prepared so it doesn’t hit us as hard as it did last time, so when people say “oh you can’t fix your past ” you can say “yeah but i can fix my future”. We need to think about the positive things and look at the bright things from life because if we don’t and we just worry about everything we are going to end up like Okonkwo , dead. He always made sure that he didn’t show any sign of “weakness” , and look how he ended up , his past always followed him until the day he decided to kill him self , he tried to be the perfect man and when he decided to kill him self he knew he did something wrong so what was the whole point about him trying to be a good person and stay true to his religion when at the eNd of his life he decided to end with his life which in his religion is something that shouldn’t be done. The pain from our past is always going to be there to torment us in one way or the other and we need to learn from our past experiences and our mistakes so that can face and put up with these new pains that are coming in our future .

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