We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. 

Introducing PastFuturePresent

Welcome to the PastFuturePresent blog - a refreshing look at gift giving and receiving.

Giving and receiving gifts has been around as long as people have existed. It’s one of those oddities that us humans like to do for each other to show how we feel. Some things have changed a lot over time about how we give gifts and some things have changed very little. This blog will explore the interesting patterns and habits we have around gifting - in the form of musings from the PastFuturePresent team.

My name is Seema Lakhani and I’m one of the co-founders of the online registry company, PastFuturePresent. Like everyone, I’ve given and received gifts and felt all the emotions that go along with it - anticipation, awkwardness, surprise, disappointment, pride and true appreciation. I’ve often wondered why sometimes giving or receiving a gift feels so good - filled with meaning and love and other times, it just misses the point.

Gifts are the most fundamental symbolic gesture, but a symbol is only as good as what it stands for - whether it’s a mix tape or a diamond ring.

The PastFuturePresent team is excited to begin this exploration with you! We look forward to hearing your thoughts as well.

This is me by the way