There never were any good old days. They are today, they are tomorrow. It’s a stupid thing we say cursing tomorrow in sorrow.
Five words that summarize a vast appreciation of nostalgic memories. Ones that give us great joy in reflecting from where we came. But, to Gogol’s point, there is potentially a negative perspective in the reference by virtue of the implied perception that today is not on par.
Everything changes. Change brings many exciting new fun things. You’re looking at one as you read this. Those things change the world and in the course of doing so, change us as well.
I do not know that remembering times in the past with fond memories is in and of itself a curse. I think that if your past is colored with wonderful memories, having lived a life of consequence, you cannot help but have many stories and feelings from the past that bring huge smiles to the face.
But, to the position of the aphorism for today, I would argue that it was the philosophy that you embraced the past with that will bring you the same fond memories from contemporary times. In the end it isn’t the time that is good, it is you. Once we are able to hold that thought near and dear to our hearts, the good old days and the contemporary good days and the good days coming up ahead in the future are really all stemming from your own attitude. The attitude drives everything.
This is a quote from lyrics in a song called, Ultimate, by Gogol Bordello. Gogol Bordello is an American punk rock band from the Lower East Side of Manhattan, formed in 1999 by musicians from all over the world and known for theatrical stage shows and persistent touring.
You have the opportunity to make today one of the good old days you will look back on tomorrow with appreciation. It only takes your own personal desire to catapult that into a daily regimen of mindset and belief.