Sweet Nothings

Nostalgic For Yesterday

My sweet and I celebrating one of 2012’s milestones (outside Michael Mina in Las Vegas)

I’ve been thinking about the passing of time a lot lately, and it has dawned on me that just about every month it feels like my husband and I are celebrating an old or new milestone. At first this thought makes me laugh and joke about how self-important we are for treating each tiny life event like a national holiday, but when I ponder this a little harder I realize how vital it is to approach our own lives and loves with a sense of reverence. This is because little celebrations and anniversaries have the power to make us really conscious of how we’re living in the here and now, not to mention the power to make us appreciative of what we have. For example, it suddenly struck me that this time last year my sweet and I were driving across the country to move into corporate housing in Burbank, CA. There were so many uncertainties back then – would we like Los Angeles, or would we go crawling back to Texas with our tails between our legs, or would one of us just commit a murder/suicide and be done with all the stress for good? These questions eventually answered themselves (bonus: there were no murder/suicides in our household), and when I think about everything that transpired at this time last year I feel empowered about the days of summer ahead of me now…

So many things happened last year between our move in June and our wedding in August, and this is making the tasks currently on my plate feel so much more doable by comparison. This is to say: upcoming deadlines may be tight, but remembering all that I was able to accomplish in the summer months of 2011 makes me determined to not let time helplessly slip by…Isn’t it funny how acknowledging a simple milestone can bring about so much perspective? All this nostalgia is also reminding me of how important it is to keep making time for a personal life while toiling away to achieve work goals. For this reason, I’m dead set on creating even more tiny anniversaries this summer, and I’m excited to find new ways to celebrate every last inch of my memory over the coming year. Maybe this means that when my beloved and I are 80 we’ll be celebrating a milestone a minute, but I couldn’t imagine a better or more-grateful way to live…

Maybe it’s the goofy expressions and windswept hair, but I feel we look somehow strikingly young in this photo taken exactly one year ago in White Sands, NM

Psst: The title of this post was inspired by Noah Baumbach’s indie comedy “Kicking and Screaming” (1995). In this flick, the character Max muses, “I’m nostalgic for conversations I had yesterday. I’ve begun reminiscing events before they even occur. I’m reminiscing this right now; I can’t go to the bar because I’ve already looked back on it in my memory, and I didn’t have a good time.” Just figured I’d share a bit of Baumbach’s humor with you on this fine Tuesday…Are you feeling nostalgic about anything in particular today? Leave a comment.

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