Nostalgia. The term nostalgia describes a sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. Wikipedia
Nostalgia is like wrapping myself in a big, cosy, wistful blanket.
I was leaving work last week and stopped at the lights outside my old High School. As I sat there, the afternoon sun streaming in my window I gazed across at a group of school girls. They were in a familiar purple uniform, waiting for the bus. I felt it, nostalgia creeping up my body. For that split second I was that teenage girl again. Over excited, happy, relaxed, laughing and hanging with my friends.
Blink it was gone
I am making lunch, it is a weekday, the kids are home for the holidays. We planned to be home all day, no hurrying, just relaxed, unstructured time. As I stood at the bench, dishing out smoothies and sandwiches, I felt it. That warm wave of nostalgia. My early days as a Mum, home full time with my babies. I could see them perched up at the bench struggling with their sippy cup and and me proudly watching as they learnt to feed themselves. The three of us having lunch together.
Blink and the feeling is gone.
Where does it come from and where does it go.
Ohhhh how I love that feeling!
I wondered, can you create nostalgic moments?
Yes of course you can?
I do all the time.
It is that desire to recreate feelings from memories that has drawn me to photo slideshow creation.
Imagine, it is New Years Day, your family is sprawled out on the couches, on the floor. You are surrounded by those you love.
The anticipation builds.
Then it starts.
The slideshow celebrating your year as a family.
Memories, happiness, love and history all woven together with photos, words and music.
The feelings overwhelm you as the photos fill the screen, your throat hurts as the music gently tugs on your heart.
The holiday, the birthdays and all the fun in between.
This is your family’s history, your family’s story.
Imagine then watching this again in 5 years, 10 years…….
You have created a nostalgic moment.
Very few things will trigger such powerful emotional memories than photos and video.
It is true we can never live a moment again, but we can for a short, sweet, delicious time feel it again.