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Old 08-09-2019, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by charlygal View Post
doesn't feel the need to constantly re-examine ones entire life?
Probably everyone
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Old 08-09-2019, 06:15 PM
Location: SoCal
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Not me either. I might participate, but I’m not the type. I like to look ahead and move forward. I throw things out when I’m done with it. My husband’s still holding on to his train, a gift my MIL kept for him, still within original box.
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Old 08-09-2019, 06:53 PM
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Is being a fan of genealogy research make me nostolgic? If yes, i guess i am.

I don't want to go back and live in those days, but i just find it interesting looking for my ancestors.
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Old 08-09-2019, 07:03 PM
Location: Central NY
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Not nostalgic.

I like living in today and thinking about future.
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Old 08-09-2019, 07:12 PM
Location: Southern California
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Originally Posted by marino760 View Post
I'm another one. I really have no interest in what other people's favorite toys were or what gifts they received as children, or stories their grandmothers told them. I think about my own life sometimes but don't need to know about someone else's favorite things in childhood.
Ignore those posts. Everyone has opinions.

I happen to have fond memories of my long life and enjoyed so much of my life much more than today's crazy wild fast go go go tech world.
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Old 08-09-2019, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by fallstaff View Post
I wouldn't say I am anti-nostalgia. But I am, among other things, a History major so I have a natural bias towards looking back in general. But... I do not feel the need to constantly re-examine my life. I knew exactly what I was doing at the time and why I did it. Otherwise, I would have done something else. What's to examine?
Another history major here and I agree 100% with what you said. It took me a while but I finally realized that it makes no sense to beat myself up for decisions that seemed like the best idea at the time.

I do enjoy looking back or remembering everyday life/cultural things though. That can be a lot of fun. For example, in another thread someone mentioned "car coats". Now that phrase has been in some forgotten small dusty corner of my memory for at least 50 years absolutely untouched, and it was positively delightful to have it hauled out again unexpectedly.

IMHO it's also fun to see what objects and memories people our age have experienced in common even though many of us spent our childhoods thousands of miles apart. I do think that humans have a tendency to seek commonalities, rather than differences, between ourselves and other people (or at least I believe/hope most of us do) and nostalgia threads are a way of doing that.

It's funny but I was just thinking the other day that in spite of having spent my teen years in the 1960s, the movies made during that decade are my least favorite. There are a few exceptions but I can count those on one hand. I absolutely love movies from the 1930s, 40s and 50s and quite a few from the 1970s ... but there's just something about most 1960s movies that turns me off. Can't quite figure out what it is, and the irony is that I probably saw more movies during the 1960s than in any other decade! As a child my parents didn't go to movies much, and starting in the 1980s I saw mostly kids movies because I had a young child. I even like silent movies from the 1920s more than movies from the 1960s which you'd think would be "nostalgic" for me... but nope. Go figure, LOL
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Old 08-09-2019, 08:12 PM
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Not nostalgic and don't dwell on the past or past glories (or, lol, failures). There are things I could have done better (given what I know now, in particular) and there are things that I did well. I have no wish to go back and do it again and I would pay real money not to be forced to relive certain things - like, say, high school.
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Old 08-09-2019, 08:16 PM
Location: planet earth
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I think a little nostalgia goes a long way.

I also think it's awesome if people have good memories.

Some people live in the past more than others.

Some people live in the future more than others.

It can be hard to be present to "what is" right now, but I think it is a worthwhile practice to cultivate (a personal, philosophical viewpoint).
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Old 08-09-2019, 09:42 PM
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Location: Cody, WY
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I grew up in America's greatest days. I'd give anything to go back.
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Old 08-09-2019, 10:08 PM
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At first I thought this thread must have attracted those who are not nostalgic. Then I realized that many of those who posted about their lack of interest in nostalgia are the same people who also posted on the nostalgia threads.
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