Nostalgia /näˈstaljə/ – A sentimental longing for past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. – Wikipedia
I drown down into the pool of memories and sentimentally yearn for the happiness every time I return Home or meet people with happy personal associations for many reasons; to please my soul, to challenge the elements in the changing course of this journey of life and for the novelty or for nostalgia but most importantly for the joy in seeing and feeling the nostalgia deep within the soul. A wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in life or to homeland, family and friends sparks an inner joy and happiness, mixed with lots of emotions, waves of ups and downs in past and motivation for fruitful times to come associated with strong foundations of childhood memories.
Perspective and Objectivity are two important scientific terms associated with Distance which is equally applicable in every segment of life. A distance from the memories and pleasing associations sharpens one’s perspective in general in viewing goals and analyzing one’s own self as well as framing objectives placed at right focal point. During this journey of life, we start flipping through the pages of book every single passing day with many rough and smooth edges over the flipping phase. Nostalgia re-flips through the old pages and removes those rough edges from good old days making us re-visualize our journey through the tough times in reaching the peak of success and achieving our desired goals.
Now someone might argue, Why Nostalgia? To support the phenomena of ‘Why Nostalgia’, imagine climbing a staircase towards a thin beam of light guiding us towards our endless destination in our path of life. At any stage of the Staircase, when we look downwards we see steps, the steps which we have climbed to reach at the position where we are now and that particular step is again a starting step for the endless number of steps to be climbed thereafter. Tomorrow we will be someplace else, therefore what’s so exciting about Nostalgia? One can self-evaluate the answer after revisiting those steps one climbed to reach at the present times and correlate those steps with the elements of struggle, toil efforts, joyousness, happiness, screams and tears of emotions which were encountered during that phase of climbing. Does that mean that you want the things to stay the same as defined by Nostalgia? Changes for the betterment always shadow past success and create new goals and destination laying foundations for Nostalgia essential not just for good old days but better old days and there is an infinite limit to define the term as ‘Best’. To be honest, sometimes I prefer the mystic clouds of Nostalgia to the real things.
The times one lived through and the people one shared those times with, encapsulates everything to one mixed bag. It does a job of storing memories which when combined together tells a story of life. Nostalgia is a way for all of us to find peace in that which we have accomplished, or even failed to accomplish. A the same time, if nostalgia precipitates actions to return to fabled time in one who believes his life to be a failure, then it’s an empty thing, doomed to produce nothing but frustration and an even greater sense of failure. The essentiality of past is to learn from and let it go as you can’t revisit it, it vanishes but you can definitely relish the lessons learned from it. It is ironically strange how we actually hold on to the segments of the past while we wait for our future, essentially enjoying every moment of the present laid by the memories of the past for a better future.
There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the shadows of the setting sun, annual cascade of autumn leaves, chirping of the morning birds, sensation of the falling rain drops, shining of the stars in the moonlit night sky, view of the smoke out of the chimney, look and expression of the faces around, ticking of clock and silence of the night. I wish to live in this Incredible World of Nostalgia forever.