A-Z Challenge: Nostalgia

This is part of my A-Z Challenge posts. In keeping with my theme of emotions and states of being, this is where the letter N took me.

¿Que te hace sentir nostálgica? ¿Que recuerdos te llenan de nostalgia? ¿Que recuerdos te llevan a un tiempo que te llena de calor y amor por dentro? ¿En qué piensas que siempre te hace sonreir aunque no quieras? ¿Tu primer amor? ¿Tu primera cita? ¿Un recuerdo de tu infancia? ¿Hay un olor que te transporta a una memoria? ¿Te lleva a un lugar, una temporada, o te recuerda de una persona concreta? ¿Alguna vez has visto algo que despertó una memoria que ni te acordabas de ella? ¿Te gusta mirar fotos para visitar bonitos momentos del pasado? ¿Que te hace sentir nostálgica?

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Next week marks 3 years since we went to Vegas for our 5th anniversary. Nostalgia at its finest! Brings a smile on my face and gives me butterflies every time I think about this trip!

What makes you feel nostalgic? What memories fill you with nostalgia? What memories take you to a time that fills you with warmth and love inside? What do you think of that brings a smile to your face every time even when you don’t feel like smiling? Your first love? Your first date? A childhood memory? Is there a smell that transports you to a memory? That takes you to a place, a time or reminds you of a specific person? Have you ever seen something that awoke a memory within you that you didn’t even realize you still carried within? Do you like to look at pictures to visit beautiful moments of the past? What makes you feel nostalgic?


I typically don’t write in Spanish (unless it’s mechanical work related material). So this is a big step for me. I always feel very insecure about my Spanish. Even though it was technically my first language, I stopped speaking it as a child and then didn’t start again until my late teens. I have an accent and sound like it’s a foreign language. It’s embarrassing because I am Spanish and should be able to speak it easily. I feel self-conscious every time I speak it but I force myself to do it because that’s the only way it will get better. So since I’m pushing myself out of my comfort zone with this A-Z Challenge, why not put it all out there? 

 This post is part of the A-Z challenge. For details on the challenge, click here.

Core post summing up what the challenge is about, why I signed up, and what my theme is.

Challenge Posts- you can find all of the posts here.

The Richness of a Simple Life- N° 424

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I love this picture!

17 thoughts on “A-Z Challenge: Nostalgia

  1. What makes me nostaligic…the past (obviously) but more than that. Not any old memory but certain ones that invoke a feeling that’s hard to describe. I love ruins and places that are long in history. Some invoke a real feeling of the past that I tune into. Almost a homage or deep reverie, wondering who last walked here, touched that and so on. I have the same empathy in graveyards looking back at old tombs…it’s not really nostalgic as such but I think the sensation of past is very similar. I have a memoir that fits this from childhood with a friend that has, in Stephen Kings words, moved to the clearing at the end of the path. I thought I’d share it with you here if that’s OK. No need to read it unless you feel inclined but being now nostaligic I just had to put it up 🤕

    https://fictionisfood.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/of-wind-nature-and-elegies-in-oak/

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    1. I understand where you’re coming from. Whenever I think of visiting a new place, I wonder who lived there in times passed…especially places of historical significance. It’s almost a feeling of respect, I don’t know it’s hard to describe but I know what you mean. I’d love to check it out, thanks for sharing 🙂

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      1. It is a type of respect yes but for me it’s more than that, dips into that hard to describe area. I’ll have a bash at my version though. Part of it is reflective sadness at lives that trod here before. Who were they, what did they do, who were their friends and families, what did they think when they once stood where I am right now? What did this place feel and smell like when it was not just a relic of the past? It puts me in touch with the transience of life. Who will walk here when I’m gone and will they think the same looking into the past when we are all gone. Will somebody look at our cities with similar reverie if all that remains is nature taking them back. All over the world there are civilisations that must, at the time, have thought they would go on forever. That’s touched on in my memoir. If you do look feel free to comment. I rather think you will totally get its story. 😊

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      2. I’m right there with you! This happens to me a lot after watching certain movies as well, makes me reflect and wonder the things that you mentioned. I just watched “The Revenant” with my husband last night so that left me with exactly that feeling.

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      3. I often think is this s normal way to think. Sometimes folk look at me as if I’m a weirdo saying things like that. You’re right though…even movies or documentaries on the past can invoke that feeling. Not seen The Revnant yet…but the trailer suggests it will do exactly what you said. I’m glad to have hooked up here. I find this sort of discussion really good 😁

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      4. It’s funny because this is normal to me but I don’t find this a very typical conversation to have. This is actually one of the things that my husband and I bonded over when we dated. We both had this feeling and sense after watching movies. It would make us ponder and have deep discussions and it was something we both recognized in each other that we hadn’t shared with anyone else before. I didn’t expect all of this to come from this post but I’m so glad that you decided to read and comment on it! 🙂

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      5. How odd, it’s normal to me too. I guess that makes everyone else weird then 🙃

        What a brilliant way to meet your partner though. Personally I think people in general don’t think about things like this enough. If they did then maybe some of the poor corporate or political decisions might be better and more in tune with the fragility of life and therefore more humanitarian rather than for self betterment or avarice. Have to admit last night I received a reblog of your meet and greet email from a follower friend. For some reason I kept it rather than delete it thinking tomorrow (I’ve today) I’d visit and have a look at your blog. Normally I don’t do that. Is that fate at play I wonder? Then to migrate to this post and start contemplating something we both have in common is somewhat unexpected! So glad I commented now too 😊

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      6. I have to agree Gary. I think nothing but good can come from this line of thought and we can all benefit from dipping into it more. It was surprising and I took it as a sign from the universe when we were dating 🙂 The older I get the less I believe in coinsidense. I’m so glad that you decided to not only visit my meet and greet but check out this post! You’ve sparked some very stimulating conversation 🙂

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      7. I use the word serendipity to bypass coincidence. I do not like that word. Besides the not deleting the message last night was most curious too…I never not delete messages that are not directly relevant to me. The rest I pick up on the reader…but meet and greet then to this very post seems unusually ordained… Although that implies no real free will which is an entirely new heap big debate/ponderance. Really pleased I stopped by 😇

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      8. Interesting alternative interpretation….the universe leaving a bait trail to follow…rethink…question to self…should I be scared? Spider fly territory? Instincts say no but if the universe has plans…who am I to argue? Either which way I’m glad I did visit 😁

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