Looking backward while looking forward
Is possible but can be confusing
Unless I keep in mind that forward
Is the only really useful direction.
So long as I keep letting the past inform
My adventure into the future.
Getting stuck in the past is both isolating and useless
Since my past is strewn with failures and  successes,
None of which I can now affect,
While the future is open to whatever I can make it.
I must keep the future in my present since if I ever let
My future become my past, I’ll lose track of me.