You could rewatch your favorite shows, exactly how you remember them. You could finally play that awesome video game you always wanted when you were ten, on the original system. Maybe you'd like to bring back a beloved companion, like the Barbie that your dog chewed the hands off of. (Or was it your baby sister?)
However, there is a price. You will never be able to age from how old you were at that point. Not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Such is the case of Jeffty. He is five years old. He will always be five years old. Even at twenty two, he is five years old.
A major theme in Jeffty Is Five is the longing and admiration of the past, what I dub 'grass is greener' syndrome. The main character Donny, essentially Jeffty's only friend, views his childhood in the 1940s with rose colored glasses, and despises the present. He talks about it ad nauseum. Seriously, ninety percent of the story is Don complaining like a crotchety old fart about how much better everything was when he was a kid. (Which may be semi-ironic, now that I think about it)
I personally like late 20th century pop culture. I did not grow up in the 80s, and was too young to experience the 90s, but I was surrounded by elements from both decades for most of my childhood, even before I began exploring them on my own.
With that being said, I do not completely loath this present time. There are things that irk me, like people who wear their pants low, and the government. But there are also pleasant things. One of my newest favorite songs is Uma Thurman by Fallout Boy. After school, I like to watch Let's Plays or Top Ten videos. Some time ago, I was a prolific fan fiction reader. I could go on, but then we'd be off topic.
My point is, every time period has its ups and downs, pros and cons. 1940 isn't 1970 any more than 1985 is 2015.
While Donny is hung up on the good old days, Jeffty is/ was permanently in the good old days. He doesn't have a clue about the changing world around him.
All of the stories I've discussed so far are linked by pills, Matrix glitches, and virtual immortality. Outside of school, I've been watching a play through of Sanitarium, which involves two scientists working on a cure for a terminal disease and they both have viewpoints mirroring Michael and Spencer Deighton's.
It's probably a coincidence, right?