Midnight in Paris
I’m a big fan of Woody Allen and on first viewing ‘Midnight in Paris’ left me a little bit confused. It strayed from his classic ‘guy meets girl in New York’ formula and yet I find myself returning to it more often than ‘Annie Hall’ or ‘Manhattan’. As classic as those movies are ‘Midnight in Paris’ touches on a fundamental aspect of nostalgia. In Greek, ‘nostalgia’ literally means ‘the pain from an old wound.’ It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This is why I believe it’s important not to forget your past but to learn from it. Past experiences allow you to grow as a person but they do not define you. We also tend to view the past with rose tinted glasses, whether it’s partners or experiences, the ones in the past sometimes feel ‘better’ than what we have now. Ironically that’s just a story that we tell ourselves because we have the power of time and context to analyse the situation in full. I bet whatever hardships you’re going through at the moment will seem less significant if you look back on them in a years time.
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