Today I did something totally out of the ordinary and sat down and watched a TV show. In fact I had it in my diary and I even cancelled a networking opportunity to do so.
So what made me do something so unusual? It was nothing but a foray into nostalgia. I looked up the Wiki definition of the word nostalgia and it said:
‘The term nostalgia describes a longing for the past, often in idealized form. In common, less clinical usage, nostalgia includes a general interest in past eras and their personalities and events, especially the “good old days” of a few generations back recast in an idyllic light.’
I think that that describes the show ‘Hey Hey it’s Saturday’ and I was so glad that I did watch it. I sat there and laughed and cried and relaxed watching a whole bunch of people having a good time – taking me along for the ride. They were not scripted and over produced they just had fun.
At the same time I lamented for the fact that programs like this did not exist anymore, because today we are bombarded by a brand of TV that is run by bean-counters and analysts and such like after sampling, testing, and doing focus groups. What happened to spontaneity?
The other reason I watched the show was it took me back to a time when I would sit with my wife and beautiful children and watch Daryl and Ossie and feel that beautiful sense of family. Aah, to have that time again. C’mon Bertram you’re just being nostalgic!