INVOKING A MENTAL ILLNESS?
Nostalgia – is missing the past good or bad for you?
I often think about my past or wish I you could go back in time, at least to the world we all once had before the coronavirus pandemic. Nostalgia has direct implications on our mental health.
Regular readers of my blog realise that I write mainly about nostalgia. I can only liken it to a feeling of being homesick and a yearning for the return to a past period and lost condition.
For centuries, nostalgia was regarded as a mental condition, but scientists now say that it serves as a positive function, improving mood and possibly your mental health. It’s good to change your mind.
But nostalgia isn’t real, is it? Every time we recall an experience, the memory becomes a little distorted. As time passes, the memory becomes further out of touch with reality and so it is hardly accurate or reliable. When people speak fondly of the past, they also tend to become more hopeful for the future. So nostalgia can in fact be a healing and a bonding experience.
On occasions I have written for Best of British, The UK’s premier nostalgia magazine covering every aspect of life from the 1930s to today. Each issue encourages you to explore your own recollections and memories in their ‘Yesterday Remembered’ section.
I have loads of old snaps and will show pictures that are perhaps new to you from my short detecting past. I’ll leave the other 60 years of my life for another time. :-). Now, where do I start? One of the highlights of my time scribbling about detecting was the discovery of a mosaic by Mike Pittard and Anne Laverty.
Meet Mike, Anne and a Marvellous Mosaic
The August 2013 cover of the Searcher magazine showed a self-portrait by ace photographer Mikael Lander. Because I was rather tired of seeing detectorists’ boring and unimaginative pictures of a lone detector resting on a spade, I invited readers to try and produce a similar or other innovative detecting shot. The Searcher magazine awarded a fine prize.
The standard was high and Mikael helped me choose the most effective shots from the submitted entries. I thank him for his help. Here is the winning entry .
The shot of a beaming Alan Loftus holding a George V penny, is crisp and a good example of the genre. He looks very happy as you do when finding a coin. The colours are vibrant and the blue sky enhances the image. This was a popular first choice.
I was pleased to see that in Series 2, Episode 4 of the award winning show, that Lance used similar technique. Take a look at the trailer below:
I have so many images and stories from which to choose.