Ah nostalgia! That whiff of life redolent with the beauties of which living is known to encompass in its every precious breath, holding a cluster of memories pleasant in their experience and quaintly pleasurer even in the longing for them, seated in the cosy coves of what entails such ecstatic exploration of the simple still actuality of the good ol’ days, returning ever so often like an unexpected guest but pleasantly surprising always in their setting in upon our beings to resolutely, absolutely, completely drive us to those happy days of yore, stirring thus emotions galore through this particularly peculiar state of simultaneously real and dreamy dwelling that is so much indeed the true essence of life perceived in soulfulness.
Words are never enough to embody the ethereal experience of this sentiment that at one point of time was subject to ailing notions of the mind or brainal state of existence. But beyond that distinction in dubiousness to which however it owes its name, nostalgia speaks across its every strand of realisation a universal language of pretty much every thing desirable. A wistful longing for the past, specifically for some times of it, nostalgia sure is a feel good experience in its realisation of recollecting in such accuracy and so many details the happy happenings of once upon a time. But it also is in this same state of its residence, in yearning indeed for days that were that makes nostalgia more fancying of a bittersweet description.
Indeed, much like this alluding in contradiction, nostalgia resides essentially across elements of the contrasting. Whether that be a present yearning for the past or a happy reliving of happy experiences but tinged with some tones of sadness in them being but only memories surviving of a real feeling lost to time, nostalgia is more than alluring in the definite ambiguity of it. And yet, never for once in the whole of human history, nostalgia has ever been any ambiguous in its perception.
As an eternal and universal experience in coveting such associations immensely personal, it is the charm of nostalgic narrations conjured up distinctly in the deepest core of one’s heart and extracted from the most potent chambers of the brain’s collection of memories that reveals its character in all shades possible of an enigma that the human soul forever chases. Feeding thus the soul and gratifying hence the heart and perking up therefore life across every single moment of living is this nepenthe almost in nostalgia that is a treasure to cherish in the very capacity of its experience.
With so much about nostalgia rooted in the realms of its residing in ardor, it is more than certain that this realisation in feelings of a different time should strike like a wonder beyond the basis of it. And for sure it does, for while the nostalgic rendition in ordinariness might be but an escape almost from the present reality even when bearing the definite promise or more accurately harbouring the compulsion of having to come back crawling in the moment, this is something therapeutic indeed to say the least. Bestowed essentially with such power that does not just lead one to time travel into the past but also endows associated psychological and wellness benefits, nostalgia is realer than the once real realisation of what it reminisces.
Of great social relevance is nostalgia as something that drives us to generally desirable states of existence and not only in the way we consider it to be capable of. The ‘high’ of nostalgia might be one very emotional indeed but even in the greater awareness of the collective human psyche, this cherished feeling in something very inexplicable despite its emergence upon the premise of past happiness and fuelling the mixed experience of a range of emotions is one of much greater potential.
In the nuances that makes up nostalgia, what one encounters is a tinge of optimism and a sense of connection across strands of a happiness laced with sadness. Along that same vein in assertion of nostalgia essentially throwing up a motleyed version in desire, this dual nature of it though might also express slightly in terms not so positive. But the more probable connect of nostalgic recollections to happiness in particular and contentment in general is what makes this dreamy sounding proposition so ideal an expanse to reflect on and ruminate upon to one’s wholehearted indulgence.
The way nostalgia induces optimism in the experiencers of it is by deriving upon its feel good assertion in something that is essentially happy enough to bring back fond memories of it in so much fancy that one begins to in fact crave that once lived reality. And it is not just the present that this desire in wistfulness imbues with a largely positive vibe. It also is the references of what is to follow in the course of one’s life in the future that the nostalgic sentimentality impacts in as optimistic lending of itself.
This though is interesting indeed a premise to dwell on since the run down memory lane which is loosely what nostalgia ruminates upon tends to be an ‘uprising’ in the negatives almost. With the very root of the word being derivant upon the Greek reference in return and pain, nostalgia perhaps should not have been as eternally loved and furthered a concept as it continues to be. And yet it does and for reasons that immediately reveal themselves to the ones partaking of such awareness in an immense realisation of bliss. As something that offers the opportunity to relive the best moments of one’s life, it is easy to see why nostalgic musings are so very rewarding even in their anticipation. And it is by fostering such happy thoughts of one’s own existence that nostalgia betters the human appreciation of their selves, leading to an enhancement of self esteem and optimism and happiness and all things similarly positive.
It however isn’t always so direct a working through which nostalgia leads to positivity as in being an exclusively personal entailing for the receiver of it. Nostalgia hinges also as much on the fore of social connect as it does on really personal interactions because it is unlikely that human memories would always be only about their own persons. Our most precious memories essentially have something to do with bonding and near and dear ones and such aspects of love and happiness that are known to be all the more elevated experiences in enrichment when unfolding as shared encounters. And nostalgia being the pathway to unlock those memories in collective realisation helps so much in asserting further the social identity and essence of humans.
Apart from sparking optimism, this social connection that nostalgic recollections lead us to better fathom helps also in offsetting the undesirable awarenesses of loneliness and boredom and anxiety. Indeed, in pursuing for themselves a belief in belonginess, in connect, in relationshipping, nostalgia affords one a greater sense of self awareness of such essence that can even be a maverick journey in working out one’s importance as an individual. Working thus meaning into lives of the human and allowing them in fact to feel and be more human, whether in greater understanding of emotions or in appreciation both for themselves and others, nostalgic looking backs make for rather wonderful lessons in living. With everything from compassion and generousness and tolerance finding favourable resonance within the fore of nostalgic livings, this sure is an element enigmatic indeed in the very existential nature of it.
Even in discounting though the definite benefits in being that nostalgia brings upon one, one cannot simply do away with the charm nestled in its evoking of the niceties. It isn’t just the past that one wistfully longs for as an experience in nostalgia; it also is that nostalgic feel itself that we crave for, waiting for it to awash us with the most profound impact so that we can be floating around in the memory of many a happy realities. The triggers abound as factors that lead one to be nostalgic, whether that be some particular sensation of smell or sight or taste or sound or the even surreal and deeper awareness of a certain feel randomly setting in to take us back to times of the past, but the certain consciousness that nostalgia helps us to attain as something very arousing of the soul, as a particular prevalence in familiarity of what is an emotion conjured by numerous strands of the palpable, is a uniqueity through which it works to lead one to blissful and beneficial states of existence of the mind and the soul alike.
Nostalgia is so effective in doing what it does because of the way in which it goes about its business. Guiding one through the alleys of their most favorite memories as the narration unfolds in a charismatic rendition in things so simple and plain and yet so happy, even when pursuing the most flamboyant of experiences dwelling in that core feel on the happiness spectrum even when it might not be so much of beaming joy so as to say but is interlaced indeed with pretty much every assertion in comfort and warmth and pleasure and love and fondness, all ideas rooted innately in the ultimate gratifying through validation of the truth that matters the most in the entirety of the human existence- of the realisation that they matter, dawning upon their immense vulnerability in self questioning of worth.
Nostalgia is so evocative perhaps because it isn’t just a strongly felt sentimentality that one comes to harbour in all their insatiable desire for exploring the beauty of life as fully as they can. It also is, surprisingly but surely one of the eternal ways through which we experience indeed the many a lives of beauty that the world is known to abound in and that which is perhaps all the riches that one can hope to live forever with, as a nostalgic enigma in themselves, wealthy and wise. Nostalgia itself is nostalgic and for something so doubly assured about the power of its own being, it is only natural that nostalgia should be so nonpareil an identity as well.