A Seventies child at heart
As I get older I seem to become more nostalgic, memories seem to constantly invade my consciousness, with a smell, sight or sound transporting me back to an earlier memory. Only this week I found myself recalling a memory of my 7 year old self when I stumbled across an article on the BBC about the Raleigh Chopper! The designer behind this phenomenon is now 91, and someone known as Tom Karen.
As a child I never thought anything more about the bike beyond how fast it was…and boy was it fast! Two speeds and yet it left all other racers standing. How I loved that bike, even though it wasn’t my first bike and the one I have now is far superior it will always have a special place in my heart.
My first car
Same story with my first car, a red Vauxhall Nova 1.0 litre. It cost £2k and was the stuff of dreams, 0-60 took about a week, it was manual choke (who remembers those) and it had a cassette player that played the classic (in my opinion) Bad album by Michael Jackson. I remember pulling up in a car park in between two other Nova’s and there was a certain camaraderie among us all as though we belonged to some unknown club. I was never a boy racer, and the other two were extensively modified but that little red car certainly held it’s own.
As with all good things I eventually sold the car although it did stay in the family for a while, and even though my next car (a fiesta no less) was an upgrade as with every subsequent car I still look back on that red Nova with real affection. In my head that little car was akin to an Aston Martin, in real terms inferior in every way but in my head that car was incredibly special… I have managed to find a good likeness below, as I said in my head it was special…perhaps I was delusional!
There are many other instances in life that I can refer back to, times that I look back on with real affection, simpler times. Yet, in every instance I was always looking forward to the future and the next thing, mobile phones are a classic example, we buy one and then 1-2 years later are looking for an upgrade, and yet that brick we once had or that now out of fashion flip phone all have a certain appeal that my current Samsung does not afford me.
Living in the present
As individuals we seem to constantly look back and reminisce, often through rose tinted glasses (that’s no bad thing occasionally) nor is it wrong to hark back to simpler times. As much as we look back we often look forward to the next new thing, and yet by spending so much time on the past and the future we often over look the here and now!!! Whilst I’m not advocating we forgo indulging ourselves with looking back or indeed dreaming about future possibilities, I do think it is important to spend more time in the here and now. With that said, it’s time I returned to the real world and spent some quality time with my family.
#nostalgia #memories # family