My name is Mike and I’m a 80s child. When I look back on my childhood, I can’t help but feel nostalgic yet overwhelmed with joy, at the same time. Being a kid in the 80s was definitely fun – at the very least. Today’s youth are unaware of the sheer joy associated with the smacking of a plastic accessory, or all the valuable life lessons we have learned in after-school specials. To be frank, it makes me feel sorry for today’s youth whose focus is directed, almost entirely, on the virtual world.
I could say that the 1980s American pop culture really shaped my childhood, and the person I was about to become in adulthood. With that in mind, I’d like to highlight the main things that come to mind when I think of the past. If you’re a 80s child, you’ll definitely be on the same page with me.
- Butterfly in The Sky
This was mostly appealing to reading enthusiasts – including myself. Why is that? That’s because, thanks to Reading Rainbow, reading was conveyed as being cool. If you aren’t acquainted with Reading Rainbow, this was a show that contributed to defining a generation of book nerds.
Every episode would focus on the theme presented in a book, exploring the many facets of a story. In addition to that, the show gave useful recommendations regarding books children should read. Considering how great this show was, it comes as no surprise that it was one of the longest children’s series, alongside Sesame Street. I definitely miss it when it was cool for children to read – don’t you?
- Listening to a Walkman
If I were to tell a child that I would listen to music at a Walkman, I would be laughed at. It seems to be a pretty ancient device, especially in comparison with today’s iPhones and iPads. In fact, the first time I ever got a Walkman, it was such a great experience – it was as if I first sensed the very taste of freedom.
Fixing the foam-covered headphones onto my ears in the back seat of the car whilst going on a trip – this was, without a doubt, the best feeling ever. That was about the music I liked, and about spending time the way I wanted.
- The Art of Mix Tapes
Moving on, another thing that makes me nostalgic about the 80s is the mix tape. I am pretty saddened by the fact that cassette tapes are no longer a thing; CDs will be out in the foreseeable future, as well. It is pretty self-explanatory, though, due to the development of technology. However, this doesn’t make me miss mix tapes any less.
One of the best things about music is the feelings it makes you experience. Thanks to these feelings, you are intermittently connected to that piece of music, in a unique manner. Take a moment to think of your favorite songs: each song takes you to a particular moment in time; it makes you relive those specific feelings. And the reason why I was so keen on mixed tapes is that I could create an artistic audio letter – whether I would choose to give that tape to someone or to keep it for myself, it mirrored a part of me.
While it’s true that many generations of children (and not only) have enjoyed Lucy Maud’s Montgomery’s series, the sense of excitement we experienced when the series were first released was memorable. It was the it thing everyone would talk about at the cafeteria; not to mention that most girls had a crush on Gilbert Blythe.
- Renting Movies from The Local Shop
I also miss going to the local shop for renting the perfect movie for the weekend. I loved that the some of the video stores were huge, whereas others were miniscule. I remember that, there were times in which I simply stumbled across some of my favorite movies ever. It was a mere enjoyment to walk through the shelves and explore the sea of titles – some that have been lying there forever, while the new in ones intrigued me.
In a sense, we could say that going to the local shop for renting a movie was a social experience. I never knew who I was going to encounter there; pretending to look extra casual when someone you knew entered the store.
Of course, there were also the times when my best friend and I would negotiate which would be our next rented movie. Oh boy – those negotiations lasted forever. It’s just a nice memory to look back on, which definitely makes me feel nostalgic.
These are only some of the many things I miss about my 80s childhood. One thing I know for sure: it was a good one. Therefore, I can’t help but feel nostalgic whenever I think about the past. There are definitely other things that make me feel nostalgic, the ones above are just some of the many. I would be curious to know yours, if you care to share them with me!