Sometimes we disown aspects of our past.
That book? Sure, I own it. But I bought it years ago.
That band? I used to listen to them. But now they're lame.
That movie? I watched it like 50 times when I younger. Now I see how cheesy it is.
Why do we do this?
I think it’s a fear of encountering parts of who we used to be. Even if it’s something as small as the books we used to read, the music we used to listen to, or the movies we used to watch, it can be difficult looking back at the remnants of our past and asking: what does this tell me about what I was like back then?
I’m convinced that the more we admit we used to like or do this or that thing when we were younger, the more we’ll become comfortable with who we used to be and take joy in re-experiencing it with a fresh perspective.
The stuff we used to love now, but claim we don’t like anymore? Maybe we still do love it, but are too afraid to admit it because of what it might tell us about ourselves if we revisit it.