I was browsing through a thrift shop the other day and came across a treasure trove of old VHS tapes. Of course, there are plenty of people out there who still have VCRs but let me tell you, it was truly something to stumble across copies of Scooby Doo on Zombie Island and Elmo in Grouchland.

I used to own those! And now I'm an adult and those movies are well in the past. Are they even any good? Have they aged well at all? (Well, Zombie Island has, and I refuse to hear anything different.) The experience induced a pleasurable wave of nostalgia.

And I'm not the only one experiencing these feelings lately. People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor Super_Turnip asked the online community,

"Do you ever get hit by a wave of nostalgia so powerful that it hurts? What are you nostalgic for?"

"The other day I imagined..."

"I drive past the house I grew up in pretty regularly. We sold it when I was 15 when my parents separated. Thus began ten years of itinerant renting and family trouble."

"The other day I imagined buying that house and moving back in. A wave of nostalgia hit me so hard I dropped my computer to the floor. I realised that I have never once felt at home since we left that house, 26 years ago."


There's nothing quite like your childhood home, especially if the memories you have of it are happy ones.

"My heart sheds a little tear..."

"I get nostalgic about the summers I spent at my grandmother’s home in rural North Carolina. Those long days with my cousins, barefoot, out on her farm, not a care in the world. My heart sheds a little tear when I think about those days."


Those sound like amazing days. Cherish those memories!

"We had all the possibilities..."

"Damn, I miss the '90s. We had all the possibilities and the creativity the '70s and '80s made possible in the first place. So many subcultures, so much new and good music, the parties, the movies, the freedom. There was a kind of idividulalism that was just natural to people."


The 1990s were such an optimistic time. September 11 put an end to that feeling, which had carried over into the new millennium.

"There's just something magical..."

"Young love. There’s just something magical about being new to romance, and discovering the mystery of it all."


If you're fortunate enough to experience it, then yes! Young love can also be quite painful.

"Whenever I see playgrounds..."

"Whenever I see playgrounds I get hit by a huge wave of nostalgia and I remember playing with my friends when I was younger, not having a care in the world."


I loved the slides and the swings! Very good memories.

"Going to rent movies..."

"Going to rent movies and games at Blockbuster on a Friday night while in elementary and middle school."


Oh, how I loved Blockbuster! Visiting the video store was one of my favorite hobbies.

"I was so blissfully ignorant."

"I get nostalgic for my late late teens and early 20s. I was very attractive, had zero responsibility, was traveling the world, had a balling metabolism, lots of friends. Life was so much less complicated. I was so blissfully ignorant."


Honestly, most of us were at such a young age.

"I'll get nostalgic..."

"It’s crazy, I’ll get nostalgic for times I felt I hated at the time. I always try to remember this when I’m going through a rough patch. In the end it seems the good sticks with me more than the bad."


This is a good way of looking at it. You surprise yourself with your maturity as you get older!

"The feeling I had..."

"The feeling I had that somewhere felt like home. I own my own house and love my spouse and all but I get so homesick for a place that doesn't exist anymore."


I feel this. I had a great time in our childhood home and the lot upon which it sits has been replaced by an apartment building.

"I learn..."

"Happens to me with music usually. I learn to just embrace it. We get sad because we fight it and feel sad about the past that we can't get back."


This is true... and time moves steadily forward. We can't do anything except accept it.

Hopefully you're not feeling too depressed reading these. Life is what you make of it, including now. Especially now.

Have some memories of your own? Feel free to tell us more in the comments below!

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