nostalgia: a longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations
it just encompasses everything when i think back to simpler times and happier days.
i miss the days spent at gram's eating oranges from the orange tree in the back that grandpa would peel for me.
i miss driving around in dad's old mustang listening to music that i probably shouldn't have at that age and getting ice cream from thrifty's for 25 cents.
i miss going for walks late on a summer night when it was still warm and all the neighbors were out, and the blow up pool in the backyard was warm from being in the sun all day.
i miss mom and i going on a day-cation to all the cool places in reach in the bay area. i miss swimming and swim meets where we'd all lay around waiting for the next event.
i miss the things friends and would do in high school like hang out at someone's house, go to jack in the box at 4 in the morning, make and watch stupid videos.
the list goes on..
but from all these memories come motivation to make life enjoyable so that in the future i can look back with nostalgia on these times. and while a lot of the people i grew up with are gone and moved on, passed on, or we have just lost touch, they remain in my mind and continuously teach me to remember the good things because nobody wants to dwell on the not-so-great times. nostalgia to me is not a sadness or wishing i could go back; rather it is remembering all the good things in my life so far.