Each moment is a building block building on what was previously there. There is only place and time we can be in and that is the present moment.
John Dewey in Art as Experience described the aesthetic quality of life. We live and express ourselves under the tension and strain we live. Expressing occurs under pressure. This is not negative. Rather, it is the reality of living life in the world, acting on the environment, being acted upon by the environment, and becoming who we are not as a preplanned package, but as a naturally being and becoming.
Being present is the only place and space to be. Being present is being awake to the world in this most immediate and intimate moment.