How to Start Over With a Clean Slate
You want to start over. You need change. You just got out of a horrible relationship; or maybe you feel as if the past is constantly lurking around every corner. Whatever your reason may be, there are things you can do to have a fresh start. Keep in mind, the past will always be there. These methods will not erase the past but it may make it easier to move on with your life. While there are other methods, these seem to be very effective.
- Get a new tattoo. If you already have tattoos you may think this option won’t do anything. You’d be surprised. Whether it’s getting an old tattoo or scar covered, or maybe getting a brand new tattoo symbolizing your fresh start. This has helped many people move on from their past.
- Change your name; legally. I know what you’re thinking, “Wait, I can do that?!” Of course you can! Virtually you can change your name to whatever you want, with in reason of course. Be aware that it does cost money and every state has their own guidelines to follow when changing it so it would be best to research the formalities in your area. Don’t just change it to the first time you come across that you like, take your time and really think about what name you would like to be known as.
- Move; if you have the funds. This may be one of the biggest things you could do. While this option isn’t available to everyone due to financial reasons, sometimes all you need is new scenery to not be reminded of your past every time you round a corner.
- Write in a diary. Write every single detail from your past. This option may be the most painful, even more so than the tattoo. You would be digging up all those emotions and memories which may cause horrific flashbacks. Once all of those memories are in the book you could choose to either burn it, which will symbolize your past no longer being a part of you; or you could hold on to it and pass it down to your children when they get older so they can see the struggles you went through.
As I mentioned, the past will never fully go away. Unfortunately science hasn’t invented a device to erase the past yet, but these methods have been known to ease the pain and help you get some closure. Take your time and decide which method would be best for you personally. Remember, although one option worked for someone else to get closure, it may not even help you in the slightest. Sometimes you won’t know which method will bring you peace until you try it. When in doubt, know some people have done all four in order to move forward with their lives. Start with the one you believe could help you the most then go from there. Your past will always be a part of you, after all it helped mold you in to the person you are today; but that doesn’t mean it has to be a part of your future. Allow the sun to set on yesterday and rise with a new tomorrow.