Old episodes of Friends
That turn and turn
On repeat so endlessly,
Or nineties songs
That take me back to teenage years.
I slip into that time so quick
And with such ease,
Comfort like a bubble bath
Or shoes I’ve worn for months on end.
Familiar is the place we long to be
But sometimes dipping toes in fear
Can offer magic never known
While wrapped in duvets
Full of previewed down.
I’ve spent the afternoon, quite accidentally, watching movies from about twenty years ago and it has felt perfect. I couldn’t quite put my finger on why, and then I stumbled across a tweet while I was scrolling during an ad break.
The tweet said something along the lines of: those of us with anxiety love to watch movies time and time again because there is something comforting in the fact that we know what will happen. There is no uncertainty so we can just enjoy the film for what it is.
I think that this is so true. But I also think that the time I felt the safest was during my late teens and so I like to be taken back to that time whenever I am feeling rattled or anxious. Hence the reason you will normally find me listening to old Britney or Backstreet Boys when I’m feeling sad.
Remember that it’s great to experience new things and we need to do that in order to move forward and grow. But it’s also fine to go back and revisit the good times. That’s precisely the reason we make good memories; so that we can look back on them fondly.
And on that note, I’ve already watched Practical Magic and now I’m going back to watch the end of Along Came Polly!