Hey everybody, I hope you’ve been having a good week!
Lately, I’ve been in a super nostalgic mood, which tends to happen when summer starts up (for whatever reason). Earlier this week, I watched one of my favorite movies as a kid (A Cinderella Story because I was obsessed with Hilary Duff), and listened to some Aly and AJ songs, like Rush and No One (they played during commercial breaks on Disney Channel all the time). Then I started thinking all the books I read when I was younger, such as Gooseberry Park, the Ramona Quimby series, any Judy Blume book (the first two that come to mind being Are you there God, It’s Me Margaret and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing). Then when I was in middle school, I loved the Daughter of the Moon series, the Sweep series and The Looking Glass wars.
It’s weird how all these books, movies, and music was such a big part of my life, when now it only pops up in my brain every once in a while. Even in high school, I was a big fan of Harry Potter ( A Very Potter Musical anyone?), and my obsession with Doctor Who started gaining traction, continuing well into my college years. Now though, I don’t follow them to the same degree or passion that I once did. It makes me wonder what things I am interested in now that I’ll look back fondly on in five or ten years time, when I’m not as big of a fan anymore.
This also got me thinking about how much I like re-reading books. Especially when I was younger, I loved going back to a book I enjoyed and experiencing it all over again. If some time had passed since I last read the book, it seemed just like I was reading it again for the first time, with maybe a better idea of what is happening in the story. There are also certain times of the year where I like reading specific books or genres. For example, during the winter, I love reading fantasy books, and would re-read the Blue is For Nightmare series every winter when I was in high school. Then, during the month of October I would re-read the Sweep series (a couple of times I did during the summer too, just depended on my mood), but I also read books that center around more spooky or paranormal themes (in October? Who would’ve thought?). There are also the “summer reads”, which usually include romantic contemporaries or what I would consider more of the cheesy horror novels.
Now that I’ve gone off topic a bit, let’s bring it back to the main point here.
Over the past couple of days, it’s become more apparent to me, how much I re-read books, as I’ve been cleaning my bookshelves (it’s been a while since they’ve been cleaned and they’re really dusty). While I was traveling down memory lane, I also decided to separate the books that I haven’t read yet, just to see how many I have.
The answer is A LOT.
Even though I love to revisit the past to remember all the good times, it’s important to not forget there are plenty of good things happening now. In the case of my books, there are so many potential new favorites for me to find, new lessons to learn, and new worlds to discover. Despite the fact that I don’t have the same passion or obsession for the things I used to in the past, doesn’t mean that I never will again. Maybe I need to just stop looking to the past to bring me that same happiness, as I’m not the same person now as I was in the past. Time comes and goes, people change (whether you realize it/ want to or not), and life has just as many short lived, temporary moments as there are constants. People come and go from your life, things you own now may be given away or sold in the next few years, and that’s just something to expect from life. By accepting change, and maybe even trying to embrace it, I could end up finding that new series for me to love, or that new movie that brings me happy. In the end, change is going to happen anyway, whether I like it or not.
Anyways, that’s about all I have for today’s post!
Thank you for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
See ya Tuesday!
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