I often find that when I have not seen a place for a while, I ghost an image of that place in my mind until I next return. I think we all do this. As if we can still smell or touch it; every road, path or building is perfectly mapped out in our minds. This is often a familiar place, perhaps a second home or a frequent holiday destination. Sometimes it’s even our home when we have been away.

So, I ask why?! Why is it that every time we return to these places, they have changed. Everything is different to how we left it. Even if nothing has really changed, it always has.

Buildings seem more modern. The people are different. The air smells different. The streets are lined with a new variety of clutter. It is clearly the place that we know so dearly, but it is different.

Is it because the world is constantly evolving?

Is it because when we are still for a while, we stagnate and stop being observant, therefore upon our return we can see it with fresh eyes?

Or, is it dependant on our mood which could simply have an effect on our perception of our surroundings?


3 thoughts on “Same streets, different streets

  1. Reminds me of the French proverb “Plus c’est la même chose, plus ça change” — “the more things remain the same, the more they change.” (That’s from John Knowles’ “A Separate Peace”) It’s funny how that happens, isn’t it? 🙂


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