Darin Lammers/Kyle Dykema – Columnists
Kyle: Yeah it is… I’m getting all nostalgic now.
Darin: Seems like so long ago that we were in LA writing the first one.
Kyle: Yeah. I remember…
The air begins to ripple and wave as a xylophone plays. The screen reads “September, 2013. Los Angeles, CA.”
Darin: For you readers back home, we just want to start off by saying that we’re not columnists. We’re terrible.
Kyle: It’s true. We agreed to do this, only because we love you.
Darin: Aww! Kyle! That’s sweet.
Kyle: Yeah. I was just trying to butter them up so they don’t hate us after reading this. So what should we talk about?
The air ripples again. That xylophone is going at it.
Darin: Woah. Did we just flashback?
Kyle: I’ve never seen one in the wild before.
Darin: Wait, this isn’t going to be a flashback article is it?
Kyle: Not if we don’t want it to be. RESIST!
Darin: I CAN’T! THE NOSTALGIA IS TAKING OVER!
Kyle: Let’s redirect that energy! Quick, transition into a teaching moment!
Darin: SHAPE OF: A SERIOUS THOUGHT-PROVOKING TOPIC!
Kyle: There you go!
Darin: Personally, I’m a fan of nostalgia! I love that heavy-hearted feeling and “electricity” you get from remembering a past moment. I have it all the time! Sometimes it’s when I listen to certain songs or smell a certain smell. I even get nostalgic when I walk through Southview and past my old apartment. There’s something about nostalgia that makes me feel good, and I think it’s important to remember where you came from and how those good moments have shaped you. I know I’ll never have those moments back, so I also think it’s important to be able to move on—to not dwell in the past and have that wishful thinking. Explore new things and make new memories to be nostalgic about. Life is always progressive—so keep pushing forward, but remember where you came from.
Kyle: I love nostalgia. At its heart is melancholy, which is probably my favorite emotion in art – music, film, paintings, it doesn’t matter. It’s that special cocktail of happiness and sadness that hits me right where it counts. And if you love nostalgia as much as I do, then you know that it can be easy to overdose on. You might not have even realized it, but nostalgia is everywhere in our culture today. Buzzfeed basically lives on the stuff. And what is it doing to us? I have no idea, but I do know this: if that’s your focus, then you’re never going to enjoy the moment you’re in now until you’re nostalgic for it. So that’s our message to you. As you spend the last few weeks at Dordt this year, soak it up, especially if you’re a senior.
Darin: Agreed. And we want to thank all of you for reading our column.
Kyle: It was fun and stuff.
Darin: It really was.
Kyle and Darin: It’s over, do you care?