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Looking Back At Life Doesn’t Help, Unless You Learn From It!

Dean Benson
5 min readJun 20, 2024

Life is like a ride on “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride”. There’s no manual, no cheat codes, and definitely no rewind button. Sometimes, it feels like we’re just bumping and twisting our way through, hoping for the best. One thing that’s always fascinated me is our relationship with the past. We often find ourselves looking back, replaying moments in our minds, over and over, like a favorite classic rock track, but does it really help? Spoiler alert: it doesn’t, unless you’re ready and willing to learn from it.

The Rearview Mirror of Life

Ever been on a road trip and noticed how tiny the rearview mirror is compared to the windshield? There’s a reason. You’re not meant to spend all your time looking back. Sure, it’s useful to glance at it once in a while, but if you’re constantly staring behind, you’re bound to miss what’s right in front of you. Life works the same way. Reflecting on the past is fine, but living in it is a mistake from the get-go.

Take it from me, a guy who has spent countless hours reminiscing about the good old days of spinning rock and roll. Those memories are precious, but if I stayed stuck in them, I’d miss out on all the fantastic new experiences and music happening now.

Your Past Life Hard Drive

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Dean Benson

Long time married, 2 daughters, (I don't scare easily) On Air Personality for SKY7music.com Middays the "Only Classic Rock Channel" as "The Dean of Rock & Roll"