“Nostalgia is your brain’s way of photoshopping the blemishes of your past.”
Typically my approach to our weekly photo challenge is to develop an idea, then find appropriate photos and finally to search for quotes. This week however, the quote determined the theme. When I saw the opening quote in my search it led me to develop a post where the nostalgic captures have all been photoshopped to allow a highlight color to bleed through. The first capture, above, seemed to lend itself to a feeling of days gone by – and the red shirt seemed to me the perfect candidate for a touch of color. In the shot below, the colorful head-wraps of the Chinese women enjoying lunch within their dreary surroundings called out to me.
“Nostalgia– that’s the basic sickness, and I never heard of a doctor who can cure it.”
If you search quotes about nostalgia, consensus seems to be that our memories are a bit faulty. Apparently we tend to remember only the good and mercifully spare ourselves from any of the unhappier aspects of the past. Perhaps this is why we are constantly advised to live in the present rather than dwell on the past or worry about what’s ahead. I will admit that focus on the present is not my strong suit. I seem always to be looking ahead, sometimes eagerly and sometimes with worry. But I’m working on it!
“If nostalgia holds you hostage, the ransom is the present.”
Khang Kijarro Nguyen
Personally, I think our memories can be great teachers if we approach them with the right attitude. We can learn from our mistakes to make better decisions in the present. Our memories allow us to keep lost loved ones within our hearts and provide a scrapbook full of positive images for those moments when we need a bit of a boost. Like everything else, moderation in the use of our nostalgic memories is the key.
“There is no cause for nostalgia save the good and life-enhancing nostalgia for the present.”
I suppose Ray Bradbury said it best – “nostalgia for the present”; now there’s a concept 😀. Time for me to create some memories on one of the most beautiful days of the year here on our little island. Here’s hoping your day is especially memorable!