this seemed to bear repeating
The young use old things then throw them away & move on; the old use old things because they still work. Only the middle-aged have issues with nostalgia. They make a thing of it. Their fear is a fear of the loss of agency; they suffer momentary panic, taunt each other, grind themselves “forward” again in the attempt to stay in denial & keep their kids at bay. Are they doing the right things? Using the right objects in the right way? They’re not sure they know anymore. I use “middle aged” in its original sense, of course, not the contemporary one.