It’s important to remember that we don’t live in the past. The past lives inside of us. It has a life all on it’s own. If you have PTSD, you know all about how the past works already.
I’ve got my faults, but living in the past is not one of them. There’s no future in it.
– Sparky Anderson
Dissociation is exactly what Sparky is describing. I imagine he spent some time analyzing and accepting that the past was just that. The past.