On Nostalgia

Sometimes–often–nostalgia has a way of shaping/reshaping
our relationships to people, places and things
–both past and present.

Nostalgia clouds our vision and ability from seeing
what is actually there
because we become so invested in seeing
what we wish and desire to be there.
What we wish and desire to see.

The past wants the present
to forever remember
a particular and packaged
version and iteration
of itself.

What was said.
Who said what.
How things felt.
How events unfolded.
What version we keep and why.

Nostalgia romanticizes memories and his/herstories.
Our relationships to things, places and people.
Especially people.
Thus, we romanticize family members, lovers, friends, friendships, relationships.
So on and so forth.
Because we become so invested in seeing
what we wish and desire to be there.
What we wish and desire to see.

But when the dust settles and the smoke clears,
and we are confronted with the task
of surveying the land–
of who and what remains–
will what we wish and desire to see
actually remain
and be there?

#staywoke

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