Ever go back and look at baby pictures? See old trophies from Pee-Wee sports teams? Indulge in some juice-boxes at the grocery store? We all do it. I’m especially guilty of the last one because Hi-C juice boxes were on sale this week at Piggly Wiggly.
As I sit here typing this blog post with juice-box in hand, I am reminded of how nice it is to be able to look back and enjoy some of these simple pleasures. When I go home, I skim through my mothers trove of photo albums, spanning from when I was a hideous, football headed baby, to moving me into my dorm. I can’t help but smile, because those were honestly some of the best times. I know everyone says “don’t look back on the past”, and I totally get that. I mean really, why waste time recollecting on the old boyfriend you had freshman year who cheated on you? Leave that in the past, please. But what harm is there in remembering your senior year of cheerleading? Or your first dance competition Or all the crazy times you had with your best friends? Or hell, even when you used to run around the house, dancing,with your father when Arthur came on TV because the theme song got me that hype as a 3 year old. There is ZERO problem reminiscing on those things. They remind us of the good in life, when times were simpler, and smiles were endless and infinite. Now, dealing with the every day struggles of growing up, those reminders are needed. So yes, even a simple juice-box will bring me back to those days.
Recently, my friends and I were all smacked in the face with reality. A great friend of ours passed last week. Nobody saw it coming, and it shattered so many hearts. Part of life is losing people, yes that is true. However nobody deserves to be gone so young. We have to remember the good times that existed in the past in order to remember him. I’ll go back to that church in my hometown in the summer and remember those Christmas Pageants him and I would take part in. I’ll take a drive in the Quabbin and remember how it was his favorite place in the world.
As long as you have tools to remember the best parts of your past, you have ability to move forward.