Have you noticed how we have a tendency to get stuck in an era? Usually a very formative one, high school, college, etc. Whether it is in fashion, music, hair lol?. We tend to stick to what is comfortable, what we are used to. The music of the past is important, but like most things, be open, explore, try on new hats. We’ve been listening to some new music because of some people we’ve met, and it has inspired me to just keep finding more. I want to be impressed upon by new art, new people, new sounds. We tend to grow being more open, and we tend to stay in the past when we don’t.
I love classic films. In fact I stayed up till all hours of more nights than I am comfortable admitting as a child watching TCM, AMC, and Nick at Night haha. The past is amazing, but so is the present, and hopefully the future. A fun challenge for all of us is to be exposed to the present and what is happening in the realms of music, art, film, and so on.
Most of what we see and hear and are a part of now, is heavily reliant on the past. The past we cannot do without. When I was in high school, I became attached to a quote, and I cannot for the life of me rightly remember it word for word but I can paraphrase it. ‘If you live in the past, you are already dead.’ Now I don’t want anyone to feel bleak about that one. I think the message is just to encourage us to move forward. One of my all time favorite quotes, which I know I have already shared in a prior post :
Bernard of Chartres – 12th Century
We are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can see more than they, and things at a great distance, not by virtue of any sight on our part, or any physical distinction, but because we are carried high and raised up by their giant size.
Live with respect to the past, live with respect to the present, and live with respect to the future. Maybe the message is to simply just live.