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  • The bitter sweetness of having arrived here in the future, where you can finally get the answers to how things turn out in the real world—who your baby sister would become, what your friends would end up doing, where your choices would lead you, exactly when you’d lose the people you took for granted—which is priceless intel that you instinctively want to share with anybody who hadn’t already made the journey, as if there was some part of you who had volunteered to stay behind, who was still stationed at a forgotten outpost somewhere in the past, still eagerly awaiting news from the front.

  • 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.
GREG RAKOZY xxxx xxxxx
2 comments
  1. The words are not onlt beautfully sketched but push us to reflect on things and life led and how we’ve grown far and apart. Such a powerful quote.

  2. John Koenig absolutely fascinates me! I enjoy words spark a feeling in me similar to what others feel walking into the bakery of all the finest pastries or perhaps seeing the house lights fade as the curtains raise in a Broadway production of Hamilton featuring the original cast. Thanks for sharing this nugget!

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