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The Dos and Don'ts of Creating Nostalgia

Updated on February 10, 2011

Do people tell you that you live in the past? Is living in the past really all that bad? There is a happy medium between living life in the present and enjoying the memories you created long ago. If nostalgia holds a special magic for you, here are a few dos and don’ts that will help you enjoy yesteryear while still living your life to the fullest today.

Do: Stay In Touch With Old Friends

There is nothing wrong with calling up an old friend that you haven’t spoken with in a long time and catching up on old times. Just hearing your old friend’s voice is sometimes enough to warm your soul. If you live close enough, you may want to get together for lunch periodically. Letting your old friendships die isn’t a sign of living in the present - its merely a matter of your priorities.

Don't: Stay In Touch With Old Lovers

If it didn’t work out the first time, the odds aren’t with you the second time. Unless your old lover was once your very best friend without any romantic strings attached, very little can be said for remaining in touch. Rather that bringing forth the warm feelings of friendship, this contact is likely to bring up things better left buried. If you happen to be married, it’s a extra big no-no.

Keep in touch with your friends.
Keep in touch with your friends.

Do: Spend Some Time With Your Yearbooks

Not only can you curl up with a yearbook and remind yourself of high school greatness, you also have the golden opportunity to demonstrate to your children what your life was like when you were their age. Don’t leave your yearbooks packed away your whole life. The whole reason you bought them was to revel in the memories later on. Do it now!

Don't: Allow Your Yearbooks to Make You Feel Bad

Nostalgia is meant to feel good. If your old yearbooks do nothing but make you berate your appearance and where your life has gone, tuck them away in the garage or attic and work on your self-confidence until you can properly enjoy them.

You'll be shocked at what you used to look like.
You'll be shocked at what you used to look like.

Do: Go to Your High School Reunion

So you’ve gained 20 lbs. and never did make your “millionaire by 30” goal. So what? Believe it or not, most of the people at your high school reunion are just regular joes. Its okay to let your curiosity reign and check out what other people made of their lives while eating, drinking and listening to music that hasn’t played on the radio in ten years or more. Go!

Don't: Use Your Reunion to Further Your Personal Goals

A high school reunion is not a business opportunity. Don’t head to the reunion with your business cards in hand and spoil the fun. They’ll talk about you behind your back after you leave.


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