I'm looking for a word to describe someone that never looks to the past. Someone that never considers whether the choices they made were the right ones, someone that cares only about what is currently happening and about what will.

  • This person lives in the moment but with a prospective outlook. – user358018 Jan 20 at 5:21
  • An unmitigated optimist. – Ricky Jan 20 at 6:01
  • This person is never reminiscent. 'Reminiscent' is close to the opposite of never looking into the past. – MBorg Jan 20 at 7:20
  • Existentialism has an major preference to living "in the now" rather than either past or future, so it Existentialist would seem to capture at least part of this. – Steve Lovell Jan 20 at 10:46

William Arthur Ward says:

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.

Vocabulary.com defines realist as:

a person who accepts the world as it literally is and deals with it accordingly


Such a person could be called forward-looking:

planning for or anticipating possible future events, conditions, etc.; progressive. (dictionary.com)


planning for and thinking about the future in a positive way, especially by being willing to use modern methods or ideas (Longman)

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