What do I write about Nostalgia? I know what it is in principle. I know the definition of it but it's really hard to put together the proper words to describe the feeling. The experience of nostalgia, I would like to believe, is different for each person. To me, sometimes it's a gut feeling or a weird feeling I get in my head. It almost feels like a strange head rush when your mind is thrown back to memories of your childhood or fun moments you've had with your friends and family.
Such an experience is triggered when I hear an old yet familiar tune or especially when I'm sitting around with friends talking about themes of our favorite cartoons from our childhood. I always place my hand against my head with a groan and say things like "God that's old" or "Oooh the memory, it's so old it hurts!" and one of my favorites "Ooh the dust! There's just so much dust here on these memories, they must have been sitting around for a long time!".
What ends up happening then is we spend the next hour or two reminiscing, listening to old theme songs of our favorite cartoons, listening to old music or old bands that we used to love, watching old movies and talking about how the 90's had the best cartoons and the best Disney and the best everything really. I specifically remember when my sister and I used to watch Pepper Ann early in the morning while we waited for our mother to get ready. Every weekend, we'd go to the hospital gym and while we played in the pool, she worked out. Hearing that theme song brings back so much that it really does feel like a rush. The smell of the hospital quickly comes to me along with the smell of the pool.
I remember the stupid pool caps that we had to wear because I hated them so much. I remember the showers and the smell of the shampoo that was used to wash my hair, the delicious cafeteria food and how my sister and I played table tennis while my mother was finishing up.
Nostalgia is so powerful and the reason why we feel it is something I will let one of my favorite people on YouTube explain: