Blog. Time is odd, we walk along it always going into the future, if we ignore the past it comes back to haunt us, if we only ever look to the future the present beats us around the head with realities that will ever get worse. "The past is history, the future a mystery and the present is a gift". No. The past is very much the dominating factor on the present, the future can surprise you but its just the past again coming to haunt you. As for the present being a gift, its a double-edged sword.