Recently I talked to a friend of mine who actually mentored me for the better part of my life between ages 17 and 23. This guy had it all at age 20. Good, caring rich parents and he went to a very good private school before proceeding to the university to take up medicine. Half-way through college, he fell into bad company, started to smoke weed, engaged in criminal activities, and finally got expelled. He became sick for a while and had to go to a rehabilitation center for several years. He is out and healthy now, but still hanging on to a past full of regret from lost opportunities. Nothing is seeming to go right in his life now.
Everyone has a bitter past, but they have made a choice to confront it with desire and hope for a better tomorrow. Instead of making a lot of excuses like: I am an orphan, I have no means to step up, I am poor, I cannot afford to raise a certain amount of money to start a business, or I am waiting for my boyfriend to give me money to start something, etc. Make a little progress.
Instead of looking back with regret, step forward with enthusiasm. Choose to view your life based on the best of what is possible. Choose to define yourself based on the person you know you are capable of becoming. If you believe it, you can do it.
All the negativity from the past can be erased in the moment with a single positive action. Go ahead and make it happen. The best way to disconnect from a troubled past is to trust and connect with possibilities of the present moment. When you embrace the power of now, the future belongs to you... Good luck!