It’s no secret that there has been a vintage revival in recent years. Various notions of the past have been constantly brought back into the forefront of our minds reinterpreted to fit our culture. From historical objects and obscure art and design, we have been on a seemingly endless reverse switch of rediscovery and recreation.
From the clothes we wear to the music we listen to, there is a true sense of longing clearly evident. In almost every aspect of our lives we are reminded of “simpler times” as our parents like to tell us. Perhaps your parents reminisce of the times when the whole neighborhood would run in the streets without a care in the world. There was no need to lock the front door or no need (or way) to text your parents you were hanging out with friends. It was more relaxed, more trustworthy, and yeah, maybe even better.
So why are we reaching back? Why are we wearing mom jeans and listening to The Grateful Dead? Why are we hanging posters of Woodstock on our college dorm walls and listening to vintage records? Is the reason simply because it’s ‘cool’ to do so? Or perhaps there is something deeper going on.
The world we live in is complicated. It always has been and it always will be. When things get hard, it is nice to look back towards the past. Maybe you like to reminisce on your childhood, how it was simpler back then. Whatever problem you had, your parents were there to hold you through it. You remember summertime lemonade stands, chasing after the ice cream truck, playing in the sprinklers. Just the memories make you smile. It reminds you of the meaning of life: happiness.
So with this revival of the past decades, we are recalling the times when we felt the happiest. We chose the best of the times. We remember the togetherness, the sense of community, the carefree attitude towards life- all aimed at simply making us happy. Sure, take a walk back in time, hug your parents, sing along with Bruce Springsteen- just be happy.