Nostalgia is a funny thing. It makes us look at some point in the past through mostly rose colored glasses. It’s a bit like “the grass is greener,” but refers to actual past events rather than wishful thinking in the present. I always wonder why people crave something different than what they have, and I suppose it’s human nature. I don’t generally suffer from “grass is greener” syndrome, but I am a frequent victim of nostalgia. I crave a time when things were simpler and people were more in touch with the environment, living off the land. Don’t get me wrong; I’m a techno-junky. I just wish that it was easier to spend more time outside. In the case of children, I’m sad that today’s children don’t get to roam and explore the way I did when I was little.
I’ve been reading the Little House on the Prairie series,and I’ve got to say, some things about living in the late 1800’s/ early 1900’s sounds pretty great. People lived off the land and were grateful for what they had. I realize that this isn’t everybody, and people were people back then. Can you imagine the Facebook statuses that would have come out of that time? Yes, it was really hard work and the life expectancy was way shorter. I’m not saying that if I had a choice that I would live in that time instead of the present… But I would certainly think about it.
So, on to today’s writing prompt… What are you (or your character) nostalgic for? Is it a time from your own life (or your character’s), or perhaps a time that you never lived in but sounds pretty great? If you don’t have any nostalgia yourself, what about “grass is greener” syndrome?