“Create the memories that have the most potential for nostalgia.”
Nostalgia is defined as: “A sentimental longing for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.” It can exist at any stage in life. As teenagers we may look back on a time when being a child was much simpler. As adults, we may relive the glory days of our youth through our memories. And so forth. But nostalgia is a particular form of remembering that seems to encourage inspiration, joy, and happiness.
While nostalgia is an act of reflecting and reviewing the past, it can also have significant benefit for the present and future, aside from its direct effects. Our lives are filled with so many opportunities and our tendency can sometimes be to take the path of least resistance. But few of those decisions lead to the kind of nostalgia that inspires us. It is the times we broke out of our boundaries, pushed ourselves to the limit, challenged ourselves, continued despite resistance, and everything that came after, that seems to result in some of the most powerful feelings of nostalgia.
Take the potential benefits of nostalgia and add it to the list of reasons why you should challenge yourself. Because doing what is easiest gives us very short term benefits, but in the long run, it isnt remembered. Seek out the moments that will lead to nostalgia in the future.
And if you have time, take a look back and indulge in the beauty of nostalgia, whether its a TV show, a childhood memory, a “first”, or a moment that helped define you. But many of our most cherished moments begin with the words “Remember the time when…”. Seek out those moments with friends, with family, by yourself. Give your future self something to be even more proud of.