If you surpass the past then you're going backwards in time (at least if you're coming from the "present.") If this is the case, then you are definitely in the past.
This is a jukugo word, which usually means on'yomi readings from the kanji. If you know the readings of your kanji you'll know how to read this as well.
My eyes have never watered from onions before.
Moving forward, I've decided to face the events in my past in my own way.
That man hasn't paid rent for the past 10 years.