Love, nostalgia, potatoes, patatoes, there are a number of terms we can throw around to describe the kind of feelings that people feel when they get stirred up over something. But whatever it is that you want to call it, one thing is definite – it comes in many shapes and forms. It can come in the form of a beautiful song: You can be driving home and minding your own business, perhaps tired after a long day’s work, when a tune you remember from 20 years ago starts playing unexpectedly on the radio station. All of the sudden, your entire spirit feels like it’s been transported to another dimension.
The same can be said about people in your life. Someone who you’ve grown distant from, perhaps an old teammate from your high school football squad, happens to bump into you at the supermarket. Right away, you feel something profound. At that moment, it’s not just your friend that you’re looking at – you’re looking at the person you were back when you knew him then, and a massive wave of reflection is hitting you on the spot. You’re not the same person you were, and neither is he – isn’t it crazy how much things have changed?
Finally, these ideas work just as well when it comes to old toys. Back when you were a kid, you played day in and day out with these items, whether it be a handheld gaming device such as an Atari, or even a simple Thundercats action figure. When you sat down to play with your toys, you built a strong bond with not just the toy, but with that moment in time. Those particular moments are untouchable, in that they cannot be changed, but they can be revisited when they are triggered by external factors. And sometimes, the simple touch of a toy, a listen of a song, or a sight of an old friend can allow you to visit these moments, and feel emotions you haven’t felt in years. Can you put a price on these valuable moments? According to some people, the answer is a resounding yes.