So, why do we feel nostalgic?
After all — the mundane makes us most of our life, right?
1. Nostalgia is comforting.
2. Nostalgia reminds us of our truth.
When we are remembering a time that we felt good, we are remembering that feeling good, well, feels good.
We need times in our life that feel bad, because that time is rich with gifts if we let it be.
So, when stuff isn’t going that great, we try to feel our way to a better place — through the power of our memories.
3. When we value our memories, we create better ones in the future.
4. Not all nostalgia is healthy, though.
Nostalgia can be a way that we remove ourselves from the present moment.
As my friend and fellow artist Jason Ross Martin states, some nostalgia can feel like a block to experiencing our gifts — like in over romanticizing the past.
Creative block (different from creative winter) is also a result of the dark side of nostalgia.
If we feel like our greatest moments happened in the past, we don’t see our gifts that are waiting to be developed.
Nostalgia can steal us from the illustrious gems that are the present moment.
When nostalgia feelings happen, what can you do?