v. intr. feeling the tranquil pleasure of being near a gathering but not quite in it—hovering on the perimeter of a campfire, chatting outside a party while others dance inside, resting your head in the backseat of a car listening to your friends chatting up front—feeling blissfully invisible yet still fully included, safe in the knowledge that everyone is together and everyone is okay, with all the thrill of being there without the burden of having to be.
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
Metanoia (n.) Greek
The journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self, or way of life
Drapetomania (n.) an overwhelming urge to run away
Fika [fee – ka] (Swedish)
(n.) a moment to slow down and appreciate the good things in life
(n.) This untranslatable Portuguese term refers to the melancholic, a deep, nostalgic, and longing for something or someone, often accompanied with denied fact that what one longs for will never come back.
The act of gazing vacantly into the distance without thinking
“I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. To stand for something, and to have made some difference that you lived at all.” —Leo Rosten
Yugen (noun) Japanese
A profound awareness of the universe that triggers feelings too deep and mysterious for words.