Often people attempt to live their lives backwards:
“Jesus, Son of Mary (on whom be peace) said: The World is a Bridge, pass over it, but build no houses upon it. He who hopes for a day, may hope for eternity; but the World endures but an hour. Spend it in prayer, for the rest is unseen.”
Inscription at entry gate of Muslim monument, Fateh-Pur-Sikri, India, built by Akbar the Great
To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody but yourself means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.
E. E. Cummings