Especially as we get older, we tend to feel nostalgic for the past – often conveniently forgetting painful and even traumatic moments. How do we think about our history and past experiences in useful and productive ways, yet still change and grow? In what ways is nostalgia useful to sorting out our lives and moving forward, and in what ways is it counterproductive? In this debut episode of The Big Life Questions Show, cohosts Doug Schneider and Chris Nerney explore the pros and cons of nostalgia.
1:56 Change is part of life; nostalgia can be a denial of change
4:24 Nostalgia evokes a shared history and shared connection
8:09 Do you go back to your class reunions?
8:57 Talking about the old days can be unhealthy
10:35 Still learning at 106 years old
12:43 Going back to places you used to live
14:20 Doug’s new book, Ten Marathons
15:10 Creating the space for change in your life