“I take a deep breath and look around one last time. Then I step out and close the door behind me. This chapter in our lives was over and though beautiful memories had been created here, it was time to move on. My eyes filled up, I was feeling sentimental.“

Have you ever listened to an old song, looked at old photo or experienced a smell or a taste that jolted you back into the past? When nostalgia is triggered, it can sometimes make us feel teary eyed and emotional as for a moment we re-live a memory from the past. Often these emotions are bitter sweet. Sweet because they make us who we are, because they were happy moments, because they were with loved ones or because we now appreciate the lessons we learnt from them. Bitter because we may feel sadness that we cannot relive that moment again, that we miss the people that were there, because perhaps there was pain or we wish things had turned out differently.

Though some may look at feeling sentimental as “weakness”, I believe there is value in accepting those moments in which we feel sentimental. This doesn’t mean living in the past or letting the past dictate our future, but rather allowing ourselves and our souls to use the energy and the emotion from those moments to enhance our future. For example, when I look at some of my daughters new born clothes, I feel emotional as I remember how fragile and small she was, how she was so dependant on me. And though I can’t go back, these feelings really just make me realise how much we’ve been through and how much I love her – This inspires me to want to be a better person for her in the present and in the future.

Feeling sentimental is all part of the human experience, it’s all part of the experience called life! And at the end, if we didn’t have memories that we feel emotionally connected to, that make us who we are, which are part of the story that has brought us into the present, then what do we have – for everyday will soon become yesterday. So rather than avoiding it, let it be inspiration for you today to create great memories that will provide great sentimental value to you in the future.

 

Sentimental Journey – Lyrics by Doris Day

Gonna take a sentimental journey
Gonna set my heart at ease
Gonna make a sentimental journey
To renew old memories

Got my bag, got my reservation
Spent each dime I could afford
Like a child in wild anticipation
Long to hear that “All aboard”

Seven, that’s the time we leave, at seven
I’ll be waitin’ up for heaven
Countin’ every mile of railroad track
That takes me back

Never thought my heart could be so ‘yearny’
Why did I decide to roam?
Gotta take that sentimental journey
Sentimental journey home,

Sentimental journey!