Ready for the cheesiest thing you’ll read all week?
Right now, I’ve got YouTube open and I’m playing the soundtrack to one of my favorite childhood video games ever. Familiar songs that I know by heart (but haven’t heard in years) hit me with the biggest feeling of nostalgia. I could actually see my kid-self playing, hunched over and furiously clicking around.
The name of the game’s not important. Just know that this game meant so much to me as a kid.
One of the people who had the biggest impact on my childhood introduced me to this video game.
Then I bonded with two of my uncles through the exact same game.
One of my best friends whom I’ve known since elementary hated me when we first met. We became great friends once we started playing this game together.
When I was much younger, I literally spent most of my waking hours outside of school on this game. When I wasn’t playing, I was thinking about it. I dreamt about it a lot of nights, too.
The soundtrack brings back a lot of good memories, many of which I’ve forgotten over the years.
Everything moves so fast that I forget details of my own life. I forget about all the experiences I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying over the years and the friendships throughout my life.
Cheesy, right? Here’s something with even more cheese:
Spend some time digging through your memory. See what’s there.
Indulge in the memories for a bit and relive it (even if it’s just for a minute). Remember your own life.
Listen to the sounds that take you back or just close your eyes and remember the details.
I have a hard time looking backwards and reliving good memories because I’ve somehow got myself into believing that you have to always move forward. But there comes a point where you’re moving too fast and need to remember to slow down.
You don’t have to go back to your childhood. You could be picturing something that happened last week.
The point is that you do it. Slow down for a second and just let yourself remember the good times.
There’s no point in collecting a lot of great memories if you can’t look back to enjoy them after the fact.