Why we can’t forget our first love
MANILA, Philippines — They say first loves burn the brightest, that they never die but instead lay low inside us. It waits for the right moment to strike, to make us feel all warm and fuzzy again.
Firsts for many are often unforgettable because they introduce us to experiences and feelings then still foreign to us.
The feelings that come with them are a mix of highs and lows — from the initial shock and uneasiness to love and excitement at levels we do not expect.
That’s why for many, firsts stick. They are the intense moments where we unknowingly cross barriers we never before thought existed.
Memories of our firsts can come in unexpected ways. They can come in bursts, in unexpected moments similar to those that happened in the past. Sometimes, they’re more deliberate, coming through the experiences we recreate to bring us nostalgia.
First friendships, first romances, first game wins, and the first taste of alcohol that may have come alongside them — these moments become our personal breakthroughs, our points of no return in life.
As we grow older, we become more sentimental when it comes to memories of the past. They possess comfort we want to rush back to.
An article in the New York Times details that more than just perception, nostalgia actually affects our bodies in more ways than one.
The article states: “Nostalgia has been shown to counteract loneliness, boredom, and anxiety. It makes people more generous to strangers and more tolerant of outsiders. Couples feel closer and look happier when they’re sharing nostalgic memories. On cold days, or in cold rooms, people use nostalgia to literally feel warmer.”
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As Filipinos, nostalgia — remembering our firsts — runs deep. We are an emotional people. Being in tune with our feelings is a huge part of our culture.
Luckily, we are a cheerful people as well. We are optimists who see the bright side to even the most bittersweet of memories.
We look back, just take a sip of beer, and focus on the heights and the pureness of the smiles we held on our faces.
Let’s embrace the love that comes with our firsts, raise a toast to it. Because if you think about it, as cliche as it may sound, first loves never truly die, do they? And there is nothing wrong with that. - Rappler.com
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