“I have no regrets.  My past does not own me but I honour its lessons.  Some people believe you should leave the past behind, as if it never existed, as if it were a dirty secret we should do our best to hide … But I believe the real power comes in our willingness to accept that we lived there, we did that, we were once that person.  I cannot leave any part of me behind in the journey of my life because all those imperfect parts of me have carried me on my journey.”  Aria E. Appleford