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Old 08-09-2019, 10:30 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Like I said, I post for fun, however I’m not nostalgic about things at all.
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Old 08-09-2019, 10:37 PM
 
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I know with aging comes a little looking back over ones life. However, when is enough...enough?

Every day there is a thread harkening back to "when you were a kid," or "growing up, did you," etc.

Maybe it's me, but I don't have the nostalgia gene. Anyone else who doesn't feel the need to constantly re-examine ones entire life?
Nostalgia for me are glances in the rear view mirror. I don't long for anything in the past, and there are many things about life 40+ years ago (I'm 59) that I really miss. I'm still constantly upgrading technology, searching out new metal music, watching current movies, in short meaning I'm generally looking forward in life. But the past has its lessons. I try to draw upon my past to help me in making decisions now. I don't have nostalgia genes, but I work with my past instead of pushing it away. I believe I need to co-exist with my past.
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Old 08-09-2019, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast
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I knew a man once who lived in his past (in his head) because he hated his present and couldn't see a future. So sad.


I'm a bit middle of the road with all this. Somebody will say something that reminds me of something past, and it is interesting to remember and compare. But I don't stay there. Soon I'm back in the present again. As I age, though, I find myself more in the present than hopeful for the future. I don't beat myself up over mistakes made long ago either, or pine for those times.



I don't keep things from my childhood either. Stuff that's outlived its usefulness gets tossed.
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Old 08-09-2019, 11:41 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Well, I can remember things from 65 years ago but not what I ate for breakfast this morning. Actually it is good to stretch your memory a bit. Comparing experiences is also interesting. We come from all over the country with all kinds of backgrounds and some of us find it more interesting than others.
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Old 08-10-2019, 12:20 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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My wife was non-nostalgic in a strong way. Conditions changed and she dusted herself off and looked to the future, things that would have floored many people just were put out of mind. I look back somewhat regularly, but not in a nostalgic fashion and more to recognize the varieties of life and work that I've had, events I've witnessed, and lessons I've learned.
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Old 08-10-2019, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Guess I'm pretty much a non-nostaligic. Love that term.



I do like the I'm so old I remember thread on the other topics forum. That's sort of a game.
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Old 08-10-2019, 01:57 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Don't think you're alone, charlygal.. I might get proven wrong but I don't think I've posted in any of those threads.
Nothing wrong with reminiscing, just not my thing.
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Old 08-10-2019, 02:04 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I like remembering who I used to be and the stories that go along with it. Sometimes something will trigger a memory or some of the threads here will. Itís all good, like reading a book at the beach: nothing too taxing and a nice way to escape once in a while.
There's no way that I'm going to stop reminding my older sister that she drew a chalk line on the floor through the middle of our shared bedroom and told me that I wasn't allowed to cross it. My bed and clothing was on the far side of the room, so that was a problem. I laugh every time I think about it.

I choose to remember the good times. I have no use for the rest. Though the monsters, dragons and vampires occasionally escape their dungeons and threaten to ruin my day, they no longer frighten me.

I am me because of my past.
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Old 08-10-2019, 02:50 AM
 
Location: on the wind
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Not nostalgic about things most people tend to be...family histories, heirlooms, human traditions, etc. I do feel some nostalgia over things in nature...think back to specific places, trees, vistas, I loved, miss or mourn if they are changed or destroyed.
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Old 08-10-2019, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Being "in the moment" is one of the hardest things we humans can do. Seems we're either looking to our past or the future.
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