To repent from something is a very powerful choice. Along with asking for forgiveness, it means becoming free from the insanity of choosing something bad as if it were good. And by identifying choices in our lives or past as awful, harmful and terrible, we no longer attach ourselves to them like we used to. If we hate those things like we should, we step away from them, and that means our souls and our identities truly become separate from them. We become something different, something new.
Even when the consequences and pain caused to ourselves and others still continue, it’s a great gift to be able to choose where our hearts will be and who we will become, with God’s help.