I am an expert at living in the future, and an expert, as well, at living in the past.
I have generalized anxiety, something I have had ever since I can remember, and all the worrying that I do places my focus on the future, and a lot of the worrying stems from things that have happened in the past. I tend to go back over events, replaying them in my mind, figuring out what I could have done differently.
But I can’t change the past.
Alternatively, I also tend to play out scenes in my head that have yet to occur. And most likely never will. And although I’d love to think that I can, I also cannot predict the future.
So instead, now, I choose to focus on the present moment. On what can I do right now or today that will bring me closer to my goals. This doesn’t mean that I never think about the past or the future, but I do so now with the awareness that I cannot change the past and I cannot control the future. All I can control is right now, and how I act, and how I react to that around me.