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You and I, we run the same race

Though I'm always one step behind

I might try to tempt you to slow your pace

But keep your eyes forward, it's fine.

That said, don't ignore me completely

My actions should serve as a guide

Try your best to do better than me,

But if not, well... at least you tried


What am I?

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I think you might be

Yesterday

You and I, we run the same race
Though I'm always one step behind

Yesterday is one day (step) behind in time.

I might try to tempt you to slow your pace
But keep your eyes forward, it's fine.

By focusing on yesterday, you can get caught up in nostalgia and regret. One should really look to tomorrow.

That said, don't ignore me completely
My actions should serve as a guide

It is important to learn from what happened yesterday.

Try your best to do better than me,
But if not, well... at least you tried

A person should always try to grow from the day before.

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As time moves on, yesterday becomes further away.

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  • $\begingroup$ Very close, but the past is a broad term. It can be a single step behind you, or miles behind $\endgroup$ – Cubemaster Feb 13 at 16:46
  • $\begingroup$ @Cubemaster I've edited my answer with your comment in mind. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Feb 13 at 16:48
  • $\begingroup$ That was awfully fast... I must be losing my edge $\endgroup$ – Cubemaster Feb 13 at 16:49
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    $\begingroup$ @Cubemaster does that make you a spheremaster? $\endgroup$ – Brandon_J Feb 13 at 17:10
  • $\begingroup$ @Brandon_J Hey now, I'm not that far gone. $\endgroup$ – Cubemaster Feb 13 at 17:15

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