Let us be honest, we all experience nostalgia at least once a week and many of us experience it as much as three or four times a week; well, I am one of those people! We all know about the bittersweet emotion of homesickness, which makes you long for a time, a place or a person in your past. I guess living far away from my homeland and losing my father not too long ago has made me so nostalgic. The definition of nostalgia clearly defines how I am feeling at the moment. The word comes from the Greek nostos meaning home and algia meaning pain. I discovered that it’s useful to take a trip down memory lane now and then because the end result for me is life seem more meaningful and death less frightening. Dwelling wistfully on the past, I have become more optimistic and inspired about the future. Looking back fondly on memories makes me so alive and happy. Today, Sunday, as always I miss home but listening to the smooth crooner Sam Cooke made me realise how special my childhood was.
I was not even born when Sam Cooke died in 1964 but my father who was a music lover, labourer by day and DJ by night brought so much music in our home. I remember when I was younger my friends gave me these perplex looks when I started singing songs from the 1950s and 60s era. Listening to Cooke today, not only brought fond memories of my late father but the time with my friends who’s music taste were so different to mine. For me, music can induce powerful nostalgia and it has always been a favourite way to recall my past, especially the happy times. As long as you are not a neurotic or an avoidant of what is going on in your life at present, indulging on nostalgia can only do you good. Happy Sunday
Much love LBS