Roots are what give us our uniqueness. If we deny them or refuse to acknowledge them we tend to fill up the emptiness with something that we are not comfortable with in our hearts. Nobody can start on a life journey from a negative place. What we leave behind is what shaped us into what we are today. We can make changes and adjustments or even take a leap into the new but we cannot erase what we are leaving behind. Someone who is comfortable with the past and is willing to look ahead is one who is easy in his skin, as they say. But one who holds his past in denial or contempt has an emptiness that is difficult to ignore as time goes by. The brave new future is only a mirage for one who is not whole.