As 2013 draws to a close, people (including myself) engage in self-reflection and think of plans and goals for the upcoming year. Not only do I usually reflect on the past year, but my whole life so far.
Like all humans, I make mistakes. Sometimes I have a nasty habit of dwelling on them. Every day I make significant efforts to reconcile my past so I can brighten my future.
I've been told that the past is made up of neutral events; we give them meaning. I've also been told that the past is just a story; we can choose to tell it in a way that empowers us or not. If we view our own history as a negative disaster, it is. If we see it as a learning lesson, then that's what it is.
We can be like the Doctor: we can rewrite our own history to empower us for a hopeful future.