Posted by: GeekHiker | February 2, 2009


I’d heard it before, many times, but only now does it seem to have finally clicked.

I’ve spent far too much of my life looking back, and not enough looking forward.

What a fucking waste of time.


  1. Some people go their whole lives without having that click in.

    Here’s to the moment.

  2. Now what?

  3. To bad we can’t learn that lesson when we’re in diapers. Unfortunately most people don’t learn it until they are in diapers again.

  4. Very true, my friend.

  5. i think i’ve spent too much time wondering why and why not. shitty way to spend time.

  6. Since I’m home sick today, I’ve been thinking about your post. Some people have the opposite problem: they spend all their time looking to the future that they forget to live right now. The hardest thing is to be present.

  7. I’m so glad you seem to have sorted things out. When it happens, it seems like the most obvious answer but really, it took everything you went through to get to where you are now. Everyone has their own time and their own pace. Some people never make the realization that you have. Good for you.

  8. Aah, you’ve been reading from The Student Driver’s Life Little Instruction Book. Let me know keeping your hands at 10 and 2 will bring some clarity to my life.

    I kid.

  9. CHEERS!! *I am web-toasting you with champagne* It’s a horrible habit to break so, here’s to your detox!!!

    (I work on mine every day, welcome to the club!)

  10. Amen brother!

  11. It’s all about balance. We need to live in the now hoping for the future and learning from the past.

    I so don’t have it all together like that sounds 😀

  12. it’s ok to look back. just make sure you look forward while driving.

    recently i’ve had the opposite problem. i spend so much time looking ahead and over-analyzing for every possible outcome i sometimes fail to act on whatever it is i wanted to do.

  13. That was actually poetic.

  14. No need to dwell, figure out the lesson and move on. If the lesson is not jumping out at you them just move on. It will click someday. As for the future, limit your expectations so you will have less disappointments.

  15. yay geekhiker 🙂
    it took me about three decades to figure that one out. the other secret is that things always seem more scary than they actually are. and often it turns out they aren’t very scary at all.

  16. It took a trip to Mexico to bring about this ephiphany?

    I think this could be why I’ve been having so many daydreams about tropical islands and drinks with umbrellas…

    My ephiphany must be right around the corner!

  17. Phil – Thanks.

    Mrs. Chuck Bartowski – I wish I knew…

    Homer-Dog – There’s a lot of things I wish I could have learned way back then.

    Lea – Yeah…

    KristinBlakely – I do that too!

    Mrs. Chuck Bartowski – Yeah, well, I kinda do that future thing too…

    Dingo – A few things, perhaps, but certainly not all.

    TheCoconutDiaries – LOL

    Narami – I’ll drink to that!

    Wil – Welcome to the site. And thanks!

    JustAGirl – Heh – You probably have more together than me!

    Lawrence – What? Me? Have a problem with over-thinking? Nooooooo…

    BackPackerMomma – *smile*

    Calvin – Welcome to the site. I’m trying, believe me.

    BlakSpring – Sounds like we’re on the same timetable. I have to say, though, I’m still scared of quite a bit…

    EastCoastTeacher – Must be time to buy a plane ticket, then!

  18. I like this revelation. Here’s to lookin forward 🙂

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