There is no hope in the past. There is no solution to be found in the present. Nor will we be better off by jumping ahead into an imaginary future. The only path to finding out what life is about is a patient, slow attempt to make sense of the realities of the past and the possibilities of the future as they can be understood in the present.
From Finding Flow: The Psychology Of Engagement With Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi