It seems fairly obvious that as you get older you have more and more memories to look back on. Some of these memories are happy…. some less so. But seen through the golden haze of nostalgia many things that happened in the past start to become far more glorious than they really were.
I was born and grew up in Perth, so my childhood memories are all from that city. Recently I found a Facebook page called Lost Perth, clearly run by someone who is close to my age, as the photos being posted really appeal to my sense of nostalgia. Recently they posted a photo of Perth International Airport as it was back in the 1960s. I can remember being in this very hall and it was a place of wonders. When people came from far far away. It seemed so amazing to my childs mind.
Someone then immediately posted another photo of the same place. Can you spot the problem?
Why didn’t my childhood memories contain images of the arrivals hall as an arrivals hell? Maybe I didn’t want to remember it that way?
It’s a bit like your memories of life at former employers. You can leave a company in anger, blaming terrible management or misguided market dominance plans or crazed short-term thinking…. but it won’t do you any good. Choose instead to remember the golden years… and don’t look back in anger.