Tonight Jack and I went to a screening of The Goonies at the cinema. It’s one of my all time favourite films and I’ve been excited to see it again all week. Watching The Goonies reminds me of being younger, sitting at home with my family watching it on TV with a bowl of snacks on my lap. I can quote every line of the film but it never gets old. Every time I watch it I laugh. It makes me happy. To me, it’s not just a film. It’s a trip down memory lane, reminding me of a time when things were simple and life had no pressure. It reminds me of being a child. It reminds me of the people I love the most.
It’s nice sometimes to escape back into the memories of long gone times. Real life is great and I really can’t complain, but remembering the past brings with it a unique happiness. Sometimes it’s a bittersweet happiness because someone in your memories isn’t there anymore, sometimes it’s an upsetting happiness because things can never go back to the way they were, but most of the time when I look back I just feel blessed. I feel blessed to have the memories that I do. I’m so incredibly lucky that my dad taught me to ride my bike on the playground of my old primary school, that my sister and I used to sing songs together until we went to sleep, that my brother and I used to play games like Bulldogs Charge with the kids on the street, that my mum has been there for me and helped me through every single major event in my life. All I have to do is close my eyes and I have a cinema reel of feel good memories to pick through at my disposal. I’m on the other side of the world from them right now, but watching The Goonies made me feel like I was right there in the living room with them all once again.
I think it’s important to remember things, even if it isn’t easy. It’s important to watch the films and listen to the songs that remind us of when we were young. You can’t bottle that nostalgia, that feeling of total freedom and life being good. Relationships change and so do people. You might not remain as close to your siblings or have an argument with a parent or lose touch with a friend, but memories last a lifetime. Things change, but the past never does.
Your life is littered with the footprints of those you care about and once cared about. Don’t forget those memories. Walk over those footprints, relive the moment, enjoy your past as much as you do your present. Memory lane is a great walk to be able to go on – so walk.