Last night around Midnight, I went to my local watering hole where my brother works so we could watch the resurrected Beavis and Butthead show on the huge flat screen at the bar. For the first two minutes, it was pretty surreal to watch a show that had been off the air for fifteen years. However, after a few more minutes, I understood why it had been cancelled in the first place. Although, that didn’t matter to my brother. He was mesmerized and laughing at every guffaw from the couch potato duo. I realized he was impervious to the flaws because for those 30 minutes, he felt like a kid again with no problems, bills and relationships to worry about. It then occurred to me how nostalgia is affecting us and why we are constantly in love with all things from the past.
Considering how society can’t avoid or get enough of CGI monsters, auto tuned noise and watch stars only famous because they took it up the pooper re-enact their scripted lives in “reality” shows, it’s no wonder why people in their late twenties and early thirties (a.k.a The DROWNING generation) watch AMC Jurassic Park marathons, take out their VHS collections and listen to their vinyl records to distract them from how our culture is de-evolving every day. It becomes more tempting to look back, rather to look forward because it seems less hopeless and exhausting. We are so concerned with how we felt because it distracts us from the numbness we currently feel in our social media obsessed lives.
The fact that we live in a world that only sees fashion trends as socially acceptable forms of nostalgia, it can be hard not to be tempted to look back at what had once made us happy be it television shows, films or past romantic entanglements.
Unfortunately a lot of us have been struggling with the idea of living adult lives when only years back, the world was in front of us instead of leaving us in the dust.
Times have changed and most people don’t seek marriage and children because they have the freedom to do whatever they want—while ironically having credit debt up to their ears. Nostalgia is much like a drug—it’s a temporary fix or escape from the real world and it some cases, it can be highly addictive.
Whether you are hung up on past lovers or are avoiding the trials and tribulations of life by watching Are You Afraid of The Dark? Re-runs, it’s vital to not let your life LIVE you. Because you will see that time goes by too fast if you spend your waking hours wishing for a time travel machine. Start living your life and try new things. Let go of past memories so you can make room for future ones.