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You know you’ve done it.
You’ve been casually listening to the radio, and a song comes on that reminds you of an earlier time. And in that moment, you envision yourself as a younger version of you. Maybe it’s a song that reminds you of a past romantic relationship, or a song you remember playing over and over again with friends.
While I’m fairly certain time travel isn’t possible–if Napoleon Dynamite couldn’t figure it out, then I certainly can’t–I do know that we can travel back in time in our minds.
Yesterday, my husband and I went to a Guns N’ Roses concert, and it sent me back in time quite a few years. How can it be possible that I still remember lyrics to songs that I haven’t sung since I was a teenager? And how can my mind become so flooded with images of friends that I haven’t seen in decades?
Music has a way of imprinting events and people in our minds. While it wasn’t necessarily nostalgic–I’m not longing to relive those years–it was fun to sit and listen, and to replay images of earlier times in my life.
What makes you travel back in time?