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Sixty seconds on . . . New Year resolutions

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 30 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6845

Past, Present, and Future

Life is full of unfinished business. We're all burdened with a backlog of unsolved mystery and unresolved history. How do we balance this backlog with the pressures of the present? We should peruse the past, in order to prepare ourselves for projecting the present into the future. But sadly, we're never finished with the past, and we must live with it forever.
 To quote Soren Kierkegaard, "Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards."

Competing interests: No competing interests

02 January 2017
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA