Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.
What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.
This week I came upon a quote from Zadie Smith, an English novelist, essayist, and short-story writer.I was originally going to use her quote for my response to Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt today, but the more I thought about the quote, I decided that it would be better suited for this week’s provocative question. Here’s her quote:
“The past is always tense, the future perfect.”
I love this quote. It’s a play on words with respect to verb tenses (past tense and future perfect tense). But it’s also more than that, isn’t it?
Our pasts are filled with many moments and memories, both good ones and bad ones. Yet when many of us think about our pasts, we often tend to focus on the negative moments, those times and events that we may regret or where we wish we’d done or said something different.
But our pasts are what made us who we are today and because of what we have learned — hopefully — from our pasts, we have a chance to make our futures better and brighter. And maybe even perfect.
So this week’s question is for you to discuss what you think about Zadie Smith’s quote. Do you believe that the past is always tense, the future perfect?
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Looking back at my life, (which is something that I often do), is like adding more filament to a tapestry which is my history.
Some of the colors are bright and cheerful, they indicate the moments of happiness and sheer bliss. Times, where laughter was so natural and love, was pure. It’s those moments, those threads that are the glue that make me believe that… If I happened once before, there is still hope for it to happen in the future, yet again.
The darker, harsher colors are moments that represent moments where the past is so unbearable, even a quick glance at those colors and my heart breaks in two. Family circumstances and situations you try desperately to forget, but cannot because the threads are thicker. They are blended with dull and drab colors, those of which, represent the days I was numb from death, pain, and feeling numb. Those threads seem to fray here and there because they have no power over me anymore, nor serve a purpose.
I’m not the type of person who believes in a “Perfect Life”, but I am a person that believes in learning from the lessons the tapestry teaches.
I’m so eternally grateful for the brightest moments that life gifted me, I will always cherish them. The past, as tense as it was… was just what it was, but I’ve grown from those experiences. These moments made me the person I am today.
In life, there will still be stitches added to this incredible tapestry that is my life. I look at it optimistically, with newer colors perhaps.