Looking backwards, to see forward
... you can only connect the dots by looking backwards.
31st March 2021
Words: Ben Seymour
Photos: Ben Seymour
Did you ever try to write the story of your life?
If you haven't got around to it yet, it's a pretty complex and fascinating notion.
Which bits do you focus on? Which pictures do you want to conjure up. In writing the story of my past, to what extent am I also influencing my sense of self, my current perspectives, and also perhaps my future.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” : Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement speech 2005
Applying this approach to each facet of your life, can give similarly valuable perspectives - I recently looked back at my person history in computing, starting from age 9 in primary school, and it make it seemingly clear that this was almost inevitable, though to me I cannot say it seemed that way at the time.