NOT-STALGIA PORTLAND 2012
I’m very flattered, humbled and touched when I see that a blog post of mine has been reposted or linked up somewhere. After all as the old saying goes: “blog reposting and linking is the most sincere form of flattery”
That being said, there is one thing I take umbrage with: I don’t like seeing something I’ve written characterized as 80’s, 90’s or Punk “nostalgia”.
I know its impossible to control what happens to anything once it’s put in a bottle and tossed into the cyber-sea but I want to be clear about this: I don’t write anything from a nostalgic perspective. Not ever, never, nerver.
Nostalgia is defined as looking back and yearning for an idealized past. I am not doing that. I am simply telling stories from my life and putting those stories in context. That is all. If someone reads one of my posts and thinks they missed out on some golden era or some special time they are missing the point.
It is my firm belief, and I say this with total heartfelt conviction, that all times are just as exciting and challenging as all other times. How could it be otherwise? It’s true that times change, technology changes, societal attitudes evolve and de-volve but ultimately it’s always what one makes of his or her time that matters.
Do you seek new experiences or do you cling to what you know? Do you approach life with curiosity or with a closed, know-it-all perspective? Are you willing to stick your neck out and take a chance to follow a dream or do you go with the crowd and what others think is right for you?
These are the questions that need to be answered in all times by all people. We answer them everyday in the decisions we make both large and small. These choices give our lives their form and they shape our perceptions of the lives and times we’re given.
That’s why I think it’s of utmost importance to just say no to nostalgia.
Thanks again for checking out my blog.