I will quite enthusiastically say that I especially enjoy and appreciate historical things and relics of the past. Some of my favorite memories, places and items are those which have been around much longer than myself. Some of my faves:
- Angkor Wat, Cambodia – This was an absolutely breathtaking site to behold. While most people think of just the main temple that you see on postcards or tv, Angkor Wat is spread across a large area and there are many smaller temple sites to visit, notably one of the smaller sites was a backdrop for the Angelina Jolie, Tomb Raider film.
The age, the grand size, the details and engravings, it’s all simply amazing and awe inspiring. I had never before put my hand on something so old, and it really was a moving experience to see sunrise over the temples. ‘
- Various books – I LOVE an old book, and I could sit for hours in an antique store just touching, reading, smelling and appreciating the old books. I like to imagine who held them before, where they were first written, or other silly things – but I just have never grown tired of holding an old book and reading the words on the yellowed pages.
- Trinity College Long Room, Dublin – With my love of books (although I couldn’t touch anything in the collection), the Long Room was absolutely captivating. Seriously, I haven’t really been a fan of Harry Potter BUT I felt as if I’d stepped into the Hogwarts academy or something similar. The books, the statues/busts, the old harp and just the air around swirled with memories of all the cumulative knowledge held, as well as the feelings of all those who visited. Gorgeous doesn’t do it justice, but it was really impressive to behold.
- Scotland – Literally, as a whole, I loved to look at Scotland. From Glasgow to Edinburgh, Loch Lomond and the isle of Arran…it was just a beautiful place to take in. Castles, lush green land, dreamy scenes of rivers and woods, colorful rows of buildings with their architectural charm, and cemeteries that were more like a place to wander than to grieve, and country sides filled with charming homes and delightful animals (like Hairy Coos). The feelings of excitement, reverence and peace were like nothing I’d felt before and nothing since.
- Music – I love listening to the sounds of songs from times when I wasn’t even yet a part of the world. I enjoy the connection across generations, and how we frequently end up enjoying the songs we were brought up on, which are often those that our parents or grandparents introduce us to. Some of my best memories are accompanied by a tune, and I often crave that kick of nostalgia.
There are more things I could mention, but I’ll stop there for now. Do you have an era or time that you much enjoy or feel like perhaps you belonged in more so than where you are now? I know it sounds crazy to some, but I don’t believe I belong here, not now, and not here – but I try and make the most of what I have, and hope to find some place that eventually feels like my soul’s home.