All that is ever happening is this:
Thoughts and Sensations (seeing, smelling, hearing, touching, tasting) arise within Awareness (what we refer to as emotion is a combination of thought and sensation).
All thoughts and sensations change constantly; awareness of the changing thoughts and sensations remains regardless of change. Awareness of changing thoughts and sensations (or awareness of not being aware of changing thoughts and sensations), includes awareness of the thought "I".
There is no time in which this Awareness has not been present. If you think that is not true, find it now.
You are Awareness.
Don't take my word for it. Find whether or not this is true in your direct experience.
Now, what problem is there?