I’ve come to a point in my life that I need to move forward. I always think back to my youth and the joy I had. However, I can’t justify hoarding the items that made my life fun. Nor can I find solace in trying to reaquire them anymore.
Yesterday the SNES Classic was released. Up until Thursday night I was 100% ready to buy one. It was a reminder of how great the Super Nintendo once was. All the feelings of being able to play the great games included inside the new console came flooding into my mind. But taking a friend to one of my favorite places on Thursday evening changed it for me.
My friend and I stopped in at Toy Traders in Langley on Thursday evening. It’s a fun toy store with lots of huge displays and large dioramas. They sell cards, games, comics, new toys, old toys, and collectibles. I love wandering around with my kids, but I also enjoy going without them. On Thursday I was looking at some old He-Man and Transformers figures that I once owned as a child. It dawned on me that I no longer needed to possess them like I had about ten to fifteen years ago. Probably also because seeing $200 for a used toy with missing parts seemed a bit crazy to me.
The toys and videogames of my youth shall remain in my memories. Had I bought the SNES Classic, I would’ve had about a weekend of fun and then it would sit on a shelf collecting dust. I knew that fact to be true. A few years ago, I sold my original Super Nintendo and my N64 to a friend’s son with all my games and accessories. To this day, he gets more joy out of it than the box it was stored in did. I need to let go of some of the things from my past.
Like side scrolling Super Mario- always keep moving forward, there’s nothing but broken bricks and crushed shells behind you.