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No Nostalgia

Motivated by some random post on Facebook.

  1. the state of being homesick : homesickness
  2. a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition; also : something that evokes nostalgia

Noise on the web-stream about "nostalgia" - made me realize I have none. The common theme is a desire to return to a familiar place or time. Nope. No Thanks.

This rectangle of space on which I have spent more time than any other place ... means nothing to me. Took care of my kids. Kept my promise to them. Otherwise I have no attachment to this place. The majority of my time here was far less than fun.

My kids seem to be very strongly attached to where and how they grew up. They have strong positive memories attached to this place, and past times.

Re-living the past, the common theme of nostalgia, does not sound fun. Return to a past point, with present knowledge, and change things? "Yes! Hell, Yes!!"

With a hint at key points, would have a very different life. Like my kids, but on those other paths, they would not exist. Makes them think.

Choices in music reflect this state of mind. Music collected at a more-or-less steady pace from the late 1970's through the present. No attachment to any past time. Much folk near my age like old music and "tribute" bands, where I do not. Finding a fair amount of interesting new music. Tempted to prune and purge much of the older material from my collection.

No nostalgia.