Nostalgic for time

“Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being”. – Albert Camus 

Hang-gliding in Queenstown New Zealand

Hang-gliding in Queenstown New Zealand circa 2002

This week’s photo challenge is nostalgic and fortunately I have many photos in my collection of travels and memories that make me feel nostalgic. For some reason, this photo below pulls at me. It is a picture of me taken by my husband on our honeymoon almost thirteen years ago today in Santorini, Greece. I was sitting outside watching the sunset over the caldera, sipping a glass of Greek rose wine and writing in my journal. The photo brings back so many memories and means so much to me for it represents so many things. My love for travel, my passion for writing, my hope for the future and start of a new life together with my husband. There is a brightness in my eyes, a warm glow in my skin and a happiness that comes with youth.

Honeymoon in Santorini

Honeymoon in Santorini circa July 2000.

I look at the photo and while I am the same I’m also different. I was younger, more carefree and optimistic. Full of vibrancy and exhilaration about what was to come. Today, thirteen years later I have two children, have aged a bit in mind, body and soul, and have lost some of that carefree spontaneous freedom of my youth which I long for so much today.

I like to say a woman is like a fine glass of wine. That she improves with age. Let’s hope for the best. There is no turning back the time. There is no end of the nostalgia for youth.

Thankfully I’ve found ways to keep that nostalgic carefree feeling of my youth intact by doing the things I love and being with the people who make me feel my best. By traveling and seeing the world. By hiking mountains and trekking the slopes and fields of forests and mountains. By playing and loving my children. By being surrounded by family and friends. By changing my mindset about all the sorrows in the world and trying to figure out a way to change things and make a difference. All these things make me feel more alive than ever before.

Hiking the Annapurna Trek

Hiking the Annapurna Trek 2010

Hiking Tour de Vanoise, France 2012

Hiking Tour de Vanoise, France 2012

On top of Santa Maria Volcano in Guatemala

On top of Santa Maria Volcano in Guatemala in 2011

Jumping off the dock at Grand View Lodge

Jumping off the dock at Grand View Lodge. Summer 2012

My children at Roy Lake. Summer 2011

My children at Roy Lake. Summer 2011

“There are a few moments in your life when you are truly and completely happy, and you remember to give thanks. Even as it happens you are nostalgic for the moment, you are tucking it away in your scrapbook”. – David Beniof

This post was written in response to the weekly photo challenge “nostalgic”. To view more entries, click here


  1. Congratulations (Nicole?)! These are wonderful nostalgic memories from you. I know exactly what you mean and how you feel; therefore, I can tell you (and so I hope) that the best is to come. My best wishes and blessings!

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  5. Lovely honeymoon photo and inciteful comments. I often look at my old travel photos and feel the same. At least we are lucky to have experienced what we have!

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