you have to find peace with yourself, that is the only way you will be happy. The past will never go away (Known from experience) but you have to deal with it. I have had bad things done in my past, but I made peace with myself and those involved, and now I am very happy.
Of course, friend. You must accept the events that happened in your life. You must first understand that they have shaped you into the individual you are today. Stay strong, eventually you will find inner peace.
Sure, It is in the trunk. It is old luggage. Life gives us tons. We just need to put it away and live for the next day. As you can see by these response's, we all have luggage. That's what life is all about. No one is perfect. The ones that learn from the mistakes are the ones that are successful. The ones that do not fail.
Absolutely. No matter what you have done or has been done to you, you CAN get past your past. It WILL take time, but is definitely possible. First reflect on the painful situation and determine what you have learned from it, how has your survival through that pain made you better and stronger? Then you can put the past behind you and move forward into the future. The past can't be changed, but you can. Face it honestly and no matter what, you will be freed because of it instead of chained to it.
Sh!tty people use these tactics to demean people they feel are better than they are. They use these uncivilized ways to belittle and control others. You are allowing their behavior and those events to control you. Those people and events do not define you. What you do with your life defines you. You know that you will never allow your past abuse to cause you to abuse others. Use what you have in your soul to advocate for others. It will help you. Believe in your own strength. Onward and upward,