You haven’t earned your nostalgia.

I am not sure that my generation has earned the right to be nostalgic about our childhoods.

I had a coworker a few years back who discovered YouTube, and watched a ton of commercials from the ’60s and ’70s, when he was a kid.  Forty year old commercials for a bunch of dangerous toys with toxic paint and everything.  The dude was in heaven.  That guy earned his nostalgia.

Why?  Because he hasn’t seen any of those commercials for like thirty or forty years.  He was reacquainting this distant, neglected part of his brain with jingles for Ovaltine that he hadn’t heard since the Nixon administration.

I worry about my generation, though.  I don’t think I’ve gone a day online without seeing some meme about Star Wars, Batman, or Super Nintendo from people in my age group.  But the thing is, guys, we never lost Star Wars or SNES.  A ton of you still have the same SNES systems that you played when you were a kid.  15 years ago the last holdouts traded their VHS versions of the Star Wars trilogy for DVD versions, and then 5 years ago you all changed them to Blu-Rays.  We’re only like 30.

It wouldn’t really bother me much if it weren’t just part of a bigger problem.  A bunch of 30-year-olds that can’t let go of their childhoods?  Shouldn’t we be, like, getting real jobs?  Creating new lives?  How many joke jpegs can we pass around every day with a Lego Star Wars character in Mortal Kombat with a Batman made of bacon?

Hmm, after reading all this again, maybe I’m older than I thought.

(don’t worry, I’ll get a ton of search engine traffic from the words in this post)

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