Dwelling in the past is a dangerous occupation. The past is finished, it’s over. While it is possible to mull over happy memories as a form of escapism from time to time, it never seems like a good idea to focus on them too much. There is always the possibility of getting sucked inside such thoughts, and ending up constantly looking backwards instead of forwards. Our minds can easily rosy-tint our long ago experiences, editing out the bad and leaving only the good, so that pondering them becomes comforting, and addictive.
The present time just is. It’s happening now, and again now, and so on. It’s sometimes fun, sometimes exciting, and even though it can also be mundane, and seem to drag along slowly, we should try to appreciate every moment of it.
What is really vital however, is the future, because the unknown, which can be moulded and shaped into any form, is a truly inspiring prospect. To an extent, what we do now determines what happens next week, next year, or in the following instant. We almost certainly have more power over the development of this than we do over what is happening in the present moment, because we still have an opportunity to make changes. The future is full of potential, it is malleable, and the actions we are taking right now are creating its form.
The most fascinating aspect of this is that, though we can guide the process, we do not really know exactly what lies ahead, or how long a conclusion will take to arrive, as all the threads of our life are gradually pulled together. There is a bigger picture at play of which we are only a small part. What we can do to influence the outcome, however, is set our highest intentions, and carry out our daily lives accordingly, the way we think is appropriate for our principles and aims. Then we can dream, and hope, and plunge forward to meet the future with as much positive feeling and courage as we can muster.
All photos taken by Ju Underwood at Maxxi Museo Nazionale delle Arti dei XXI Secolo, Rome
Maxxi Museo was designed by Zaha Hadid