“I have to be more careful about my memories, I have to be sure they’re my own and not the memories of other people telling me what I felt, how I acted, what I said.”—Margaret Atwood, Surfacing (via blogut)
“Sometimes, I even try to imagine what it would be like to see him again. Which is crazy. It’s been so long I doubt I’d even recognize him now. I could probably walk past him in the street and not even know it was him. Oh, who am I kidding? I’d recognize him in an instant. Even in a crowd. And do you want to know something else? Deep down inside, I know if I saw him again, I would still feel exactly the same.”—Alexandra Potter, You’re The One That I Don’t Want (via simply-quotes)
“But there’s a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking.”—Mitch Albom (via kittekati)
“With what a deep devotedness of woe I wept thy absence - o’er and o’er again Thinking of thee, still thee, till thought grew pain, And memory, like a drop that, night and day, Falls cold and ceaseless, wore my heart away!”—Thomas Moore (via brokenmachine)
1. Zhaghzhagh (Persian) The chattering of teeth from the cold or from rage. 2. Yuputka (Ulwa) A word made for walking in the woods at night, it’s the phantom sensation of something crawling on your skin. 3. Slampadato (Italian) Addicted to the infra-red glow of tanning salons? This word describes you. 4. Luftmensch (Yiddish) The Yiddish have scores of words to describe social misfits. This one is for an impractical dreamer with no business sense. Literally, air person. 5. Iktsuarpok (Inuit) You know that feeling of anticipation when you’re waiting for someone to show up at your house and you keep going outside to see if they’re there yet? This is the word for it. 6. Cotisuelto (Caribbean Spanish) A word that would aptly describe the prevailing fashion trend among American men under 40, it means one who wears the shirt tail outside of his trousers. 7. Pana Po’o (Hawaiian) “Hmm, now where did I leave those keys?” he said, pana po’oing. It means to scratch your head in order to help you remember something you’ve forgotten. 8. Gumusservi (Turkish) Meteorologists can be poets in Turkey with words like this at their disposal. It means moonlight shining on water. 9. Vybafnout (Czech) A word tailor-made for annoying older brothers—it means to jump out and say boo. 10. Mencolek (Indonesian) You know that old trick where you tap someone lightly on the opposite shoulder from behind to fool them? The Indonesians have a word for it. 11. Faamiti (Samoan) To make a squeaking sound by sucking air past the lips in order to gain the attention of a dog or child. 12. Glas wen (Welsh) A smile that is insincere or mocking. Literally, a blue smile. 13. Bakku-shan (Japanese) The experience of seeing a woman who appears pretty from behind but not from the front. 14. Boketto (Japanese) It’s nice to know that the Japanese think enough of the act of gazing vacantly into the distance without thinking to give it a name. 15. Kummerspeck (German) Excess weight gained from emotional overeating. Literally, grief bacon.
Do you know what happens, Princess, when a dream comes true and you feel your joy bubbling over into wide grins, happy dances, and shrieks of “Holy @#$%!!” and the like?
Your energy actually spills over into the oceans of time and reaches into the past where it laps upon the shores of a former here and now, infusing a former unsuspecting self (who is still merrily living their life due to time’s “simultaneousity”) with a flash of inspiration or a burst of intuition; a hope for what the future might hold.
Whew… and that, my friend, is the truth about where dreams come from.
“At the end of the day there remains what remained yesterday and what will remain tomorrow: the insatiable, unquantifiable longing to be both the same and other.”—from The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa (translated by Margaret Jull Costa)