Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Those Were The Best Days! #SoulfulSunday

Last night as I was taking my routine Facebook stroll I happened to overhear this conversation that took place in my feed. Someone in my friend list posted their school photo and others commented “those were the best days”, “if only we could relive those days”, etc. 

Often when I hear this statement the question that pops into my mind is “was it though?”. Because when I look back, I clearly remember the good parts as well as the difficult parts of those school days. Of course, I enjoyed the giggles, the fun with my friends, and all those silly moments. But I also remember the exam stress, the strict teachers who didn’t show any mercy in beating up us poor souls, the relief after the exam days, and the mounting tension when it was time to receive the answer papers. 

Do I want to relive those days? No. Because I get to experience these mixed emotions even today, in different packages. If I go back to those days and relive those moments I wouldn’t get to experience these new exciting moments and make new re-livable memories. 

‘Those were the days’ is apt for a poem to stroll down the memory lane. But no, I don’t wish to go back in time and relive any moment — not even the pleasant ones. 

Maybe, I am being too practical about all this memory stuff. Not an attribute for a poet I guess. Oh, the conundrum!

We tend to think that those were the best days because those days are behind us. We now know how to tackle the difficult part of those days. Because now we are older and wiser. Now we find it difficult to deal with the present moments and the challenge it presents. 

But someday we are going to look back at these present moments too with so much fondness and say “those were the best days of my life”. Aren’t we?

 I hope so!

Written for #SoulfulSunday, an exercise to nourish our creative side, formulated by Esha and supported by ShilpaAnamika, and yours truly.

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An IT Professional, an author, an accidental blogger, a lover of words and a recent self-care addict. I love stringing words together, which I lovingly call a poem. You can read my affair with words at Void Thoughts(http://thevoidthoughts.com) and Reflections..(https://www.vinithadileep.com)

4 thoughts on “Those Were The Best Days! #SoulfulSunday

  1. That’s true. While we were free from the duties and responsibilities of adult life, we did have a lot to study and suffer during our student life. In retrospect, things seem different…or that’s what people think

  2. I agree with you that there was much more fear and stress in those days, but there was a certain innocence too. We took people at face value a lot more. I find myself having become so much more cynical and wary of people these days, having learnt the hard way how people can take advantage. Any longing for the past in my case, is a longing for that simplicity…I hope I make sense!

  3. I agree with you, Vini. I would never want to relive my school days. Ever.
    The good days for me were when I was at a girls’ college during graduation. Those days I would love to relive. <3

  4. I have mixed feelings, Vinitha, when i revisit the past. Some things that make me feel good about life back then and some that make me wistful and very sad, so much so that I choose not to go there at all. I guess we all have our reasons to feel that way and it’s ok. We lived in very different times and a lot of us find that we are better at navigating unchartered waters now than when we were younger. Perhaps it is the vulnerability of our younger selves that makes us feel like things were not in our control—that’s my thinking, but others may not agree. As you rightly point out, we are better equipped to deal with those days now while our present challenges continue to baffle us and pose the same dilemma as we faced back then. Quite the irony, but that is life for you and me. There is no escape from it!! 🙂

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