#245 / You're allowed nostalgia; but don't let it own you.
“Time flies, but only if you let it.”
There’s something about nostalgia, isn’t there?
Our golden memories of the way things used to be. The way - we fear - things will never be again. Nostalgia has a way of colour grading the past, and making it just a little better than it could ever have been in reality.
And that’s a beautiful thing; we remember so much of the joy, and we blur out some of the pain, and it can be a comfort to us when things get dark in the here and now. The trick is to not let nostalgia own us. To not let it run us. To not let it negatively impact and shape the lives we’re living today, and the lives we’ll live tomorrow.
All my love,
Separate your weekend from your weekdays. This is really important while we’re all shut in. If you don’t maintain a sense of the rhythm of your week, it can be...chaotic. Try and find a way to divide them. For example, every weekend for me is about doing a spot of washing and wearing pyjamas all day. What about you?
Give yourself space to feel. Feel what’s going on, with yourself and with the world. Don’t hold it back and hold it in forever - it’ll come out, one way or another, and so it might as well be on your terms. We’re locked down, but your heart does not need to be.
There is room to let go of a few things. This is the time to do it. If there’s something you’ve been holding onto, if there’s resentment, if you’re feeling extra touchy and prickly about something with the folks you live with - identify it, and try to focus on just letting that one thing go.
For Your Spellbook Journal
For your journal today, I want you to write down a recipe. A recipe you love, a recipe from your childhood, or maybe just something you want to try to cook. Writing out the steps to follow can be a delightfully calming exercise - and thinking about food is always a comfort.