Sooner or later in your life, you will have to consciously choose to move forward toward a particular life path and destiny, or to stay attached to the comfort and familiarity of the past, which holds great sway over you. You instinctively know that focusing on past lives and established patterns is detrimental to your personal growth. Unfortunately, your life path is not easily laid out in front of you.
Finding and fulfilling your destiny requires personal struggle and discomfort. This makes it all the more tempting to remain stuck in the past, even though you realize you're not developing there. After swinging like a pendulum from one side to the other, past to present and back again, eventually you'll need to choose one side over the other, or perhaps learn to balance both sides in your life equally. One thing's for sure: If you do choose to move forward, your life path will become easier as you mature and as your life develops over time. Self-development is an area that becomes easier with experience and success.