Nostalgia

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I feel like the episodes of Friends being aired in Dublin are stalking my life.  Today's episode was Joey moving out and Chandler getting a new roommate.  Fortunately, my new roommate is not crazy.  In fact, she cooked me dinner so no complaints here!

I've been very nostalgic lately.  I'm not sure what it was that brought it on (it may or may not have involved hearing Genie in a Bottle on the radio) but I've been missing the 90's.  Missing the simpler times in life. Don't get me wrong, my life is in no way complicated right now and I'm truly blessed to have everything I have and to be experience everything I've been experiencing, but I can still miss the old days.  My biggest fears then were not making it home in time to see Power Rangers or that my scooter wouldn't move fast enough when racing down the street.  Nowadays I'm worried about paying rent and bills and finishing a Master's program. 

Then my cousin Kayla posted this, which basically summarized up all my feelings in one well written post.  I said to her and I guess I'll just repeat it here (to really drive the message home to myself), those days were wonderful but it doesn't mean today isn't, too.  I will never be able to be 12 again but it doesn't mean being 24 isn't any less of an amazing experience in itself.  I also have a niece on the way and someday my own children with whom I will get to make entirely new memories and traditions.

It also helps that we generally block out the bad memories of those times.  That devastating day my little sister stole all of my Pokemon cards and gave them to a friend?  I'm over it (...almost).  And while dropping an ice cream cone on the ground still makes me want to cry,  I've realized that it's not the end of the world and I can always buy another one.  Having a grasp on the bigger picture just means you can enjoy bigger things and aren't as negatively affected by the small.

In fact, as I went through pictures to find one for this post I viewed several years of amazing memories.  There isn't any one year that I'd trade for another and I know that I just have many more to come.  Some people think it's weird when I say this, but I'm looking forward to the day when I'm a wrinkly old grandmother, not because I can be crazy and blame it on senility, but because I will be so full of great memories that I can spend the entire day reminiscing of all the wonderful people and places I've experienced in life.

So, while I miss the days of dance routines in the front yard, and catching crayfish in the stream at the campground, I only take this is a sign that I really need to focus on enjoying the here and now so that I may someday look back and fondly remember this time, too.
One of my all time favorite pictures!  Me and Kayla enjoying the early camping days.

7 comments:

  1. Ahhh LOVE YOU!!! We are soul sisters. I cant wait for camping, we can catch crayfish and have a seance, to bring back childhood :) but like i said, i agree, things are great now. Being able to indulge on a cold beer, having the oppertunities we have now and the money to buy another ice cream cone.... Makes it worth it, but who doesnt like to reminisce!!? Xoxo

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  2. Now that is a priceless photo!! And a good post about enjoying memories while living in the present.

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  3. Great post! I love it! ^^ You have an amazing blog, mind to follow each other? :)

    PS: I don't post shits... :p

    See you soon on my blog!

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  4. gosh, yes those days. when things are simple and all i need to worry about is homework. haha. but here's to the adventure!

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  5. I nominated you for a Liebster Award today :)

    Check it out here:

    http://acatlikecuriosity.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/the-liebster-award.html

    Sarah

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