We all have complicated histories. When was the last time your past experiences informed a major decision you made?
You may call it baggage, as if it’s unnecessary junk. But we are who we are because of what we’ve done. Where we’ve been. What we’ve learned — or failed to learn.
It shapes us, gives us character and makes us interesting. Experience is life.
A better question would have been when have past experiences not influenced major decisions? Presumably the point of experience is to apply it and avoid past mistakes. Use it to make better choices as we trudge along our paths.
If not that, life is just random chance. I’d prefer to think our experience make us smarter. Better able to deal with whatever life throws at us.
We don’t have to haul all our angst with us, but we ought to learn from it. At the very least.