In the final episode of the T.V. show The Office, the character Andy Bernard says, “I wish there was a way to know when you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.”
A profound statement.
What makes it more interesting is that Andy was one of the more tragic characters on the show. In the span of eight years he was cheated on, fired from his job, found out that his family was involved in the slave trade, and was dumped by his last girlfriend.
Andy also pursued his life-long dream of being famous and was ultimately successful, but for making a fool of himself on a reality T.V. show.
The “good old days” are sometimes riddled with not so good days, but we tend to remember the good parts more than the not so good parts. Especially the good parts that are no longer part of our life, usually certain people.
It always seems like the good old days are in the past, but really they are all (in their own way) the good old days, including today. There’s something uniquely special about each of our lives right now that we’ll one day miss.