Definition: A sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past.
‘Nostalgia is a seductive liar’ – George Ball
I’ve been feeling quite nostalgic recently. For events from both the recent past and from beyond. Social media and, in particular, “timehop” has been rather responsible for that. Every day I am seeing – and remembering – about events I have forgotten. In some of these instances (such as today) I have felt overly nostalgic for those moments, wishing I could re-live them all over again.
But then again, nostalgia isn’t always the healthiest option. Spend too much time there, spend too much time in the past and you could fall victim to it.
‘Nostalgia is when you want things to stay the same.
I know so many people wanting to stay in the same place’ – Jeanne Moreau
A few months ago I was consumed by my nostalgia and its adverse affects, which is why I am not too fussed now by its appearance every so often. I’ve started to believe that by appreciating the moments from your past but acknowledging that that is where they lie helps lay the best foundations for what is to come. By not standing still, by understanding the values of what was but not wanting to stay there, you are constantly forced to push yourself onto new and better things.
As someone who has a history of living in the past, learning this has been great for me. Nostalgia may have its place, but it isn’t worth me placing my faith in it.
I have exciting opportunities coming up in the future, but I also have a present I want to make the most of.
Make certain of this then, there won’t be any staying in the same place and stagnating for me any time soon.