Here's something I learned about the future and past. When I took an Anthropology course years ago, my teacher said that some tribes or Eskimos (can't remember which) thought of the future as behind you because you couldn't see it, and the past in front of you because obviously you could see it.
it wasn't until a few months ago when I told this little tidbit to my parents that I started thinking about it, and feeling comfort. We always talk about how bad and wrong it is to "live in the past", and we end up feeling guilty about thinking about the past too much.
When I think of my past in front of me and my future behind me, I feel so much more validated and comfortable, because I feel like IT'S OKAY to think about the past and look and it and learn from it, rather than trying to bury it all behind you.
I don't know if this makes sense or not, but maybe someone on these boards will feel the comfort that I began to feel when I started thinking of things this way.....