I have been feeling very nostalgic of late. Nostalgia is a strange emotion – it creeps up on us when we least expect it. It is neither worrisome nor particularly comforting. Yet it exists.
The more I think about nostalgia, the more I believe it is linked to feeling out of your comfort zone. When I am challenged, in any facet of my life, I think back to a time when things were easier, simpler and more straightforward. I reminisce about those days like they are bathed in a golden sunlight. I yearn for those easier times and crave their charm. Yet nostalgia is also a liar. Those previous days, in reality, probably weren’t all that great. That’s exactly why we make decisions to change things in life, to adapt and to grow.
It is in this adaptation and growing phase that we learn the most. When we are forced to grow, we can do so extremely quickly. That is the brilliance of being under pressure or changing up the scenery. Often, we do it because it is not easy and covered in gold. It is hard and scary and uncertain. Perhaps it will be these times that we will look back on one day and be filled with nostalgia. For now however, don’t let warm memories from your past keep you back from what is current, fluid and real. Don’t restrict yourself from the ‘now’ because you are stuck remembering the ‘then’. Give nostalgia a shove out the way and go forth with passion.