Lately I’ve been feeling nostalgic. This past winter, I painted my room, and while going through the task, a lot must be done. I had to remove everything from the walls (good-bye movie posters), take books off shelves (this is NO insignificant task) and move every piece of furniture into the spare room where most of it still sits packed like sardines. One night in the last week, I sat down to look through a box attempting to find something and instead of focusing on that, I realized something; contained within that box were so many things. Things of childhood. Birthday cards, framed photos, old watches and dozens of glow-in-the-dark stars, something that once cluttered my ceiling. While looking through the box, it struck me that by undertaking the task, in some small way these pieces are a box of childhood dreams.
Boxed into that small container of square cardboard are so many memories, full of things long past. These moments of my life seems somehow, so far away now. Evoking more memories of times when I’d be at my besties (cousins) home where suggestions of a band were made or we hung out in the backyard on the trampoline. We are all now adults who still dream, but in those teenage talks, we would giggle about the impossibility of adult responsibility.
All of these things come flooding back as I searched through this box. It’s a feeling that makes me nostalgic, but also grateful for these days. Grateful for the things in these careless days. They were days of dreams, yes, but also days that formed us as people and who we’d be as adults.
Dreams are good for the soul. We need them. And there is nothing wrong with them. In my experience, my best way to experience dreams is to enjoy the idea of them, and remembering them, but recognize what is in the here and now. These moments, whether they’re in a box or still being lived, are what brings us to our dreams of today.
Keep a part of that little girl inside you – never lose it, childhood innocence is so fleeting. For all you hairbrush singers and dreamers, just remember to enjoy today. It may seem far from what you think you want, but it’s precious in its own right.
Aspire to match those dreams. Dream hard, but we all need to reminders to live in the moment; to be satisfied and happy in this colorful life we enjoy. ❤
Does anything ever remind you of childhood; do you have anything like a ‘box of childhood dreams’ from years past? What’s your favorite nostalgic memory? Comment all of your thoughts below.
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This is a repurposed publication from May 28 2013; edits have been made and this is a re-format.