Jeffrey Eugenides writes, “Emotions, in my experience, aren’t covered by single words. I don’t believe in “sadness”, “joy”, or “regret.” Maybe the best proof that the language is patriarchal is that it oversimplifies feeling. I’d like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic train-car constructions like, say, “the happiness that attends disaster.” Or: “the disappointment of sleeping with one’s fantasy.” I’d like to show how “limitations of morality brought on by aging family members” connects with “the hatred of mirrors that begins in middle age.” I’d like to have a word for “the sadness inspired by failing restaurants” as well as for “the excitement of getting a room with a minibar.” I’ve never had the rights words to describe my life, and now that I’ve entered my story, I need them more than ever.”
I would like words that describe “I have found peace amidst the circuitry of a chaotic brain that never fully sleeps” (it’s not ‘content’ as I rarely feel that way) or “that flash of a moment when you lock eyes with someone or hear their voice or feel their touch”, and word that fully describes “they should know because it’s beautiful but it’s ultimately none of their business”.
What emotions or feelings do you think need a better description in your life?