Nostalgia is defined as ‘a sentimental longing for the past’.
At what point in our life do we start to become nostalgic; begin to feel a sentimental longing?
Curious about the logic of ‘nostalgia’ I started asking younger family members and friends what they felt about a particular antique or item from the distant past. Did it conjure up a certain feeling or a sense of longing for them? Would they feel a sense of yearning yet?
Ralph Lauren once said, “There is a way of living that has a certain grace and beauty. It is not a constant race for what is next, rather, an appreciation of what has come before.” Adding an antique or vintage item to a room can give the space a sense of history and soul. Antiques are the signposts to our collective past.
I love visiting antique shops even though I lean more towards the contemporary when it comes to my homes décor, I find there is something sentimental about touching and seeing things from the past. An old teacup reminds me of my Grandmother, the smell inside an antique oak hutch reminds me of my aunt’s Victorian home and a Sunbeam mixer pulls at my heartstrings reminding me of baking cakes as a child with my Mother.
So…..is it about going back and being inspired? Or is it those who live in the past limit their future?
What makes you nostalgic??