Nostalgia hits me harder the older I get. It sneaks up behind me and jumps out when I least expect it, stunning me into silence and a thousand-yard stare as I relive some poignant moment lost to time.
Bloggers who use the Jetpack App, receive a new question (a Prompt) every day and can respond by writing a blog post.
For months now, I’ve been wanting to respond, like we were penpals trapped in a dystopian future following the collapse…
What keeps you going, OC?
It’s the coffee, man. The coffee. Well, that and my Star Trek collection.
Next Gen or the Original?
OC, Next Gen or Original? I need to know.
Not Nutrek? Tell me it’s NoT NuTReK!
I suspect I’ve digressed.
Anyway, each new Daily Prompt lit a fire of possibility in my mind, which was only quelled by the thought, “What in the hell does this have to do with my blog?!”.
But here we are, on the eve of a brand new year, reviewing the preserved echoes of life that linger in my mind:
“What makes you feel nostalgic?”WordPress Daily Prompt – 31st Dec 23
Wrestling… Professional Wrestling takes me back to the early 90s
I have fond memories of Wrestling, going all the way back to my late childhood. And whenever I watch it now, I can be drawn back to a specific memory.
It’s the early 1990s and I’m sitting in front of a small TV box set with a coat hanger masquerading as a TV aerial sticking out the back of it.
It’s my mother’s bedroom because she had the only television in the house. It’s late, well beyond our bedtime, however, our successful begging to watch the American stars of wrestling had quickly become a weekly habit.
I’m on the carpet and my brother’s on the end of the bed, and together we are completely immersed in the vibrant story unfolding on the flickering screen before us.
Oftentimes, I would find myself resting my head on my horizontal palm, and by the end of the night, both my arm and my neck would ache.
Sting is the star of the show, running around in bright colours with face paint to match.
He’s the “People’s Champ” of the day. The best Goodie, of all the Goodies.
And “Ravishing” Rick Rude [Wiki] is making the crowd Boo as he gyrates his hips for all the ladies.
The carpet is dirty and there’s damp in the air, as well as across the wall. My sister is loud and won’t shut up and my mother wants us out, or to turn it over to watch Prisoner: Cell Block H [YouTube].
But we just want to stay up and watch the wrestling.
When you were young… Nostalgic Memories
As I’ve aged, more of my early life has joined my Wall Of Nostalgia, some of it completely undeserving.
Memories of routine have evolved into emotive glimpses through windows long since closed.
For example, the idea of walking around a Blockbuster Store searching for a movie with my family can be nostalgic.
I was a big fan of the movies as a kid and still am (watch Minari [IMDb] btw), and movies can create nostalgia as well as deliver you there.
And Christmas is a super-trigger for me.
Christmas songs, Christmas movies, and Christmas toys.
The idea of Christmas shopping, -when people actually went to the high street to buy presents, instead of ordering them online.
The list is endless.
This has been a fun exercise but I’ve jabbered on long enough.
I will be back with more gaming content soon, but for now, Happy New Year!
Sting images are in the Public Domain
Star Trek image and Sting graphic design: oldcynic.com