Looking Forward

Are we looking backwards too much? There are a lot of movements which are trying to rewrite history. Should we be doing this? History, whatever version we choose from, is dead. History is gone. The future is where change is possible, not the past.

We should be looking at changing what has not yet happened rather than changing what has already gone.

Some might say that changing the past helps us define our futures. I’m not so sure. The past can be anything we want it to be. The past cannot respond to the changes we make of it, it has no reply. The changes we make rewriting the past make no difference to the future.

The future is defined in the present, in our actions now.

I know we feel safe looking back into the past. We understand everything (because, of course, we have hindsight). We are, today, living in the future our past selves looked forward to. Our past came to this. Should we have made changes to the past when it was present to us? No doubt we should. But today we are present, living in the futures past, this is where we can make real changes.

Looking into the emptiness – potential – of our future makes us anxious especially when our present is so disrupted. It feels as if the future is inevitably going to be bad because the present feels so untidy and disrupted.

The future is detached from the past and we don’t have to drag the past forward with us into the future.

And while we concentrate on the past, the future is being shaped by those who do not fear it. But they are shaping it to suit their own needs not ours.

Developing optimism is the best way to look into the future without getting anxious.

We need to stop feeling guilty or hating the past. That’s gone. Any mistakes of the past will not be repeated if we don’t allow them to. We must look forward with optimism. We must be optimistic now, in our everyday lives.

The potential of the future is wonderfully unimaginable. But it will be good if we want it to be good. We should stop being angry with the past and start loving the future. We are going there whether we like it or not. The past will definitely not have is back.

Stephen R K Fender

I am currently working on a PhD in Creative Writing at Northumbria University in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. I enjoy experimental writing. I do not see myself ever fitting in with, and following, the standard literary route. I am a creative writer which means I like to experiment with words, styles and platforms.

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