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People, every now and then feel nostalgic. Nostalgia is a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time (Dictionary.com). A person like me, who has lived in many different countries for a longer period of time, long for many different things of the past. Music is one thing that can take you in the past very quickly. Some past favorites songs, can bring back the sweet memories that you had once associated with them. Books, people, food, old electronic appliances and cars can also take you down the memory lane.
Which of the above mentioned things make you nostalgic? What are the sweet memories of the past that you miss a lot? Is being nostalgic a negative thing or positive? Please share your thoughts....
Dear Teacher Shoaib,
In my humble opinion, it is fine being nostalgic remembering the past. But to think again, it is not good if we spent too much time for that. I mean.....We live in present, we should also live in present. If being nostalgic make us forget things and people that are currently around us, that is hurting for people around us. We should also create memories with people and things in the present, shouldn't we? :)
I agree with you that songs can bring back memories that associated with them. To me, I don't really miss the moment in the past, I sometimes smile to that, or even laugh remembering it. It brings happiness for a short time, yes, then I look to the front thinking how to make life at least as happy as in the past with what we have.
Thank you for sharing this nice discussion, Sir. :)
Thanks for your comment Onee-Chan, you are absolutely right that we should live in the present along with remembering our past.
different parts of life should be complementary. the past is always here in our character, thoughts behaviors and other things. the past can never be forgotten either the good memories or the sad ones. being nostalgic is being human. however; we should put limits to our thinking and try to live the present , preparing and planning for a better future. unfortunately some people are loosing every beautiful moment while yearning for what hes been gone away.
You're absolutely right that we should not think of the past (no matter good and bad) and miss what the present is offering us. In today's fast pace life, very few people are actually lucky enough to think of the past that much. However, savoring the sweet moments of the past is also a very delightful experience.
While agreeing totally with Onee, what I miss the most is the "commotion of life back there in Karachi, Pakistan.
I never lived in Karachi, but I think it must be like most of the metropolitan cities of the world, a lot of hustle and bustle.:)
True. People miss things which made them happy once. No matter where it was and what surrounded us. We are ready to return those happy moments again and again with songs, books, food etc. But all pleasant memories are temporary. In my opinion the most important are people who were with us at that time. All of those nostalgic things will not replace those people and the past will stay in past without them.
Pesonally, I prefer not to remember negative things. I like to recall sweet moments. But inside, I am realist. I try to refresh my happy moments in reality.
Maybe when I am too old I will live with my memories only. :D
You're right, humans are bestowed with this great blessing of memory.
I feel nostalgic when I go to Flower City to visit my granpa's grave and granma in hero's garden at Pahlawan Road. I used to play with my Barbie dolls fed them talk to them pretending to be in soap opera when there was only one Ken doll.
With my cousins and sisters we watched Nighmare on the street Freddy Kruger on video.
We cooked pizza, havermouth porridge brown sugar toast and much more.
I also learned how to draw using my Granma coloured pencils. I called her Oma Sukaesih because all my family called her the same.
My granpa praised me when I was 1st ranking twice in my elementary school. Sadly Oma and Opa died. Miss you much.
Those sweet memories of the past is a bliss to have.
Hi, Shoaib, interesting topic. :-)
I get nostalgic when I listen to some of my favorite songs. Also, old mail, and seeing some well known places of my youth can make me feel nostalgic. But not always... it's just like this when I already feel down!
Thanks for your comment and appreciation for the topic. You're right, you can become nostalgic when you are already down emotionally.