It can be useful to reflect upon your childhood. It can lead you to feel more self-aware when you uncover the ways your past has impacted your current life. Your past has lead to your established patterns of behavior, events that happened in your childhood have a lasting effect on you. Thinking about those experiences allows you to realize not only their effect but also the ways in which they have helped you to develop. When you become aware of the positive effects of even your most painful experiences, you will recognize that you have grown in many ways and that you are shaped by your past, but in no way defined by it.