Don’t look back in anger

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.

Old Perth Airport

Someone then immediately posted another photo of the same place.   Can you spot the problem?

Packed Airport

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.


About Anthony Vandewerdt

I am an IT Professional who lives and works in Melbourne Australia. This blog is totally my own work. It does not represent the views of any corporation. Constructive and useful comments are very very welcome.
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2 Responses to Don’t look back in anger

  1. Hi, I really appreciated your story and basically I am agree with the behavior you propose to have. But has you know when you are tired, bored, exausted of all the bad things that are happening around you, and you have some difficult to see the ligth down down to the end of the tunnel …..well in that time it is hard to remember the golden years…..mey be because you never got some gold but only a few golden dust left from who was first before you.

  2. sbadert says:

    Anthony, What a funny date to post such thoughts. Then again you were always well informed :-)

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