1. I’ve been thinking a lot about the term ‘good old days’.
2. ^^^ As we all know, there’s no such thing – it’s just rose-colored glasses on a period of time that we have no experience or memory of.
3. I’ve also been watching old TV shows on channels like COZITV and Antenna – Emergency, Adam-12, I Dream of Jeannie, Little House on the Prairie, etc
4. ^^^ I’ve often caught myself remembering when I’d originally watched these shows – I was under the age of ten, I had no real responsibilities, no real worries to weigh upon me. I just lived and did my thing and was pretty happy.
5. Then it occurred to me – maybe the ‘good old days’ that everyone keeps talking about are the days of childhood, before responsibility and the need for a paycheck became an overwhelming concern.
6. ^^^ This makes sense to me – that, in varying degrees, we are trying to get back to the ‘good old days’ of when we were free from worry, responsibility and just focused on being who we were and enjoying our lives.
7. So the trick, then, is to try and bring that feeling into our present.
8. ^^^ I know how difficult this can be – I never said it was easy.
9. But maybe re-discover the things that made you happy as a kid – painting, or dance or something – and add that to your life.
10. It might not bring radical change, but it won’t hurt you, either.
11. It might just make you happier and better able to face the challenges of being an adult.
* not to be confused with Evening Thoughts. 😉