“…our relationships with works of art, particularly those that have a massive impact on us, changes as time goes on. The things that inspire you at 16 probably won’t inspire you or at least in the same way at 26 or 36 or any age past that. And even if something has soured in your mind, mocking it wholesale seems more a sign that you still need it, and less like you recognize its flaws while appreciating the role it played in your life.”
— Andrew Saladino
I really like what Andrew creates in his video essay on outgrowing movies (and outgrowing art in general). The whole trope/idea/action of “growing up = trashing what you liked before” is unfortunate. Perhaps it is a misunderstanding of the phrase “you must leave things behind”? Either way, outgrow is a much healthier word: “I used to like that and it used to hold meaning for me. Now, it doesn’t in quite the same way. While it may not be perfect as I remembered it, it still shaped who I am, and I can revel in my excitement for it back then. I can let it lie in the middle ground and go forth boldly.”
And for those times we revisit something and it is everything that we remember it to be — and sometimes revealing itself to be even more meaningful now? Then its time to dance on the rooftops in unbridled excitement!