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What History Means to Me

Simply put, history can be defined as the events of the past and their subsequent effect on society and culture. History happens at every second of every day, from the smallest affair to the biggest life-changing event. Everything and anything that has ever occurred can be considered part of history. Therefore, history is as vast and infinite as time itself. Without history, society would be in a state of constant immobility. History is a tool for learning, a necessity for innovation and change. Without the understanding of cause and effect, action and reaction, society cannot better itself or evolve. History is responsible for the world we live in and for the progression we continue to make. Though I may not always be conscious of the fact, history plays an important role in my everyday life. The very reason why I am writing this essay is directly related to my family history. For as long as I can remember, my parents have instilled within me the importance of getting an education. Since my youth, they have always stressed the importance of hard work and dedication. Had it not been for their influence, there is a chance I wouldn’t be attending college right now, and perhaps I would not have the same aspirations I have today. Most of the decisions I make in my everyday life are based on things I’ve learned or experienced firsthand. My interests, personality, and lifestyle revolve around my personal history. I am who I am because of who I was. History is important to me because I believe it has helped me grow and evolve into the person I am today. I have learned from my mistakes, and likewise gained wisdom from my accomplishments. To me, history means learning from the past to make the future better than it has ever been. History can be defined simply as the events of the past and their effects. To me, the concept of history incorporates much more than just that. History is recognizing the past and...
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