My experience living in nine different decades to date tells me that life has three basic perspectives (among many others).
We can look backward, of course; back to the past, whether yesterday, last year, or years earlier. That perspective changes over time, though, as memories fade and how we recount the past ends up a bit different than the reality of the past.
We can look forward to the future at any time, and that, too, can change, often with each look forward; we may change what we think will happen, or replace the expected future with something new.
Between the look backward and forward is the reality of the present.
The reality of the present is how we live but the present can include parts of the past (looking backward) and parts of the future (looking forward) because what we do today, and what we learned from the past, may help us in the present.
The knowledge that I have an incurable disease has caused me to reflect on the past, look forward to a short term and uncomfortable future (while awaiting a Bible-based future beyond the end of my life), and to learn to deal with the reality of the present in ways that were not previously considered.
Most of us know we’re going to die. Most of us don’t know when. We don’t give it much thought.
Now I’m thinking about it.