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