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“The Way We Were” Goes “Back to the Future”

By Mike Mankiewicz

In today’s fast-paced world, where consumption often outweighs contentment, embracing sustainable living can feel like a breath of fresh air.

One unexpected source of inspiration for such a lifestyle shift is the classic movie “The Way We Were.”

Nostalgic Vibes

“The Way We Were” transports us to a bygone era, where life seemed slower and simpler, epitomizing the essence of slow living.

Imagine the characters in the movie dealing with the chaos of text, email, and social media. They’d surely long for the simplicity of pen and paper!

Handwritten letters not only add a touch of nostalgia to our modern lives but also promote a green lifestyle through recycling and reusing.

Natural Beauty

Scenes depicting the natural beauty of rural landscapes and college campuses remind us of our connection to nature. This connection can inspire us to adopt eco-conscious practices, such as gardening, composting, and reducing our carbon footprint.

Community Bonds

The strong community bonds depicted in the movie highlight the importance of in-person connections. Building meaningful relationships within our communities fosters a sense of belonging and support, essential elements of a sustainable and resilient lifestyle.

Environmental Awareness

The backdrop of wartime and conservation efforts in the movie hints at environmental conservation.

Katie had to save up all her ration stamps to have that first great dinner with Hubbell.

Drawing inspiration from such themes, we can contribute to sustainability through small daily actions, like conserving energy and reducing single-use plastics.

Timeless Values

At its core, the movie emphasizes timeless values like love, friendship, and personal integrity. These values are the foundation of a fulfilling life, encouraging us to prioritize experiences and relationships over material possessions.

Vintage Minimalist Fashion

Watching the characters’ stylish vintage outfits can make you wonder if raiding grandma’s closet might be the ultimate sustainable fashion hack. Investing in quality, timeless pieces reduces waste and promotes a clutter-free wardrobe and a more sustainable fashion industry.

Simple Pleasures

“The Way We Were” reminds us to appreciate life’s simple pleasures, from a quiet moment with a book to a heartfelt conversation with a friend. Cultivating gratitude for these moments can shift our focus away from materialism towards a more fulfilling and sustainable way of life.

Nostalgic Tech Troubles

What if the characters had to navigate the complexities of today’s technology?

In one scene, Katie operates a switchboard with so many connecting cords that she looks like a puppet master of a telephone theater production.

The Past is Reborn

As we revisit “The Way We Were,” we discover more than a captivating love story. Who knew that stepping back in time to “The Way We Were” was a great path for us to go Back to the Future? A path that honors the past while building a better, more sustainable future.


Mike Mankiewicz
Mike Mankiewicz
Mike Mankiewicz shares his funny outlook on Fridays. Mike worked in the radio for 35 years which is why he is such a smart alec. He loves to make fun of everything including himself. He will write about PC gaming, easy recipes, why free movies kick booty, why people act so goofy sometimes, and always remember laughter is good for the soul!
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