Everyone just takes it for granted that life moves in the forward direction. The truth, is that, we move more or less like a rower, facing backwards – we are able to see around us in the moment of now. But unable to determine where we are headed.
And at every moment, your boat is steered by a younger version of you. It’s obviously hard not to imagine what life would be like facing the other way.
Coined in 2012 by John Koenig in The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, a project, to create a compendium of invented words for every emotion we might all experience but don’t yet have a word for.