Hearing a song, and remembering the exact feeling the first time you’ve heard it.
I had that today.
It was a simple Facebook video that reminded me of one of my favorite movies.
And all at once I was back there wherever it was that I saw it at first.
And I don’t remember the place or the people right now, but I remember the feeling.
And from that there’s this combined joy and pain and then joy again;
Joy because I love the movie and the story and how it makes me feel.
And then sadness because the movie ended, and because my life isn’t the way it was when I watched that movie and I don’t talk to the friends I did when I first saw it.
And then joy again when I feel the power of that change—because the people are amazing and the movie is phenomenal, but who I am and where I’m at in my life is better than anywhere I’d been in the past.
And that’s one of my favorite parts of nostalgia—that I can be sad and happy at the same time.
That I can see, feel, and honor who I was and what I did earlier in my life, but be happy for what is happening now.
Because what’s happening now is spectacular.
Now is a time filled with emotion and sensory experience—made up of smells and feelings and sensations on every level, and the human mind’s capacity to record it and go right back through time and space to a specific place, just from a few notes, well, that’s pretty fantastic to me.
That’s the simple bit I’d like to share today.
That nostalgia is fascinating and so are our minds.
That our pasts are to be honored for what they were, and our presents are to be lived now, to make the pasts of tomorrow.