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Rhapsody

Noun

[rap-suh-dee] 

1. Music. an instrumental composition irregular in form and suggestive of improvisation.

2. an ecstatic expression of feeling or enthusiasm.

3. an epic poem, or a part of such a poem, as a book of the Iliad, suitable for recitation at one time.

4. a similar piece of modern literature.

5. an unusually intense or irregular poem or piece of prose.

6. Archaic. a miscellaneous collection; jumble.

Origin:
1535-45; < Latin rhapsōdia < Greek rhapsōidía recital of epic poetry, equivalent to rhapsōid (ós) rhapsodist + -ia -y3

“And he launched into a rhapsody that need not here be given at length.”
- Frank Aubrey, The Devil-Tree of El Dorado

The moment I start to feel under appreciated I distance myself. I don’t care to be anything to anyone who doesn’t crave me. I don’t want to be anywhere that I’m not missed every time my presence is missing..
—  Reyna Biddy
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Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Collection of Beautiful Untranslatable Words Around the Globe

With a strong desire for wanderlust, writer and illustrator Ella Frances Sander decided to share her exciting findings on culture and language in her book Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World.

Composed of charming and quirky illustrations, Lost in Translation showcases a list of untranslatable words missing in the English language, which have humorous, candid and interesting definitions. Among our favorites is the Brazilian word “saudade”, which means to run your fingers through your lover’s hair, the Japanese word “tsundoku,” which defines a collection of bought books waiting to be read, and the Tagalog word “kilig,” which is best described as the sensation of having butterflies in your stomach from a romantic experience. Sanders notes in the introduction of her book:

“The words in this book may be answers to questions you didn’t know to ask, and perhaps some you did. They might pinpoint emotions and experiences that seemed elusive or indescribable, or they may cause you to remember a person you’d forgotten. If you take something away from this book … let it be the realization or affirmation that you are human, that you are fundamentally, intrinsically bound to every single person on the planet with language and feelings.”

Although the designs are delightful and tender, the words have a larger purpose other than entertainment; they reveal insight and knowledge into different cultures’ expression and education of feelings and psychology. Overall Lost in Translation is an artistic meditation on one of humanity’s most complex and most beautiful divisions, which is language

Get the book here!

I’m not attracted to anyone who isn’t excited about me. I want to be shown love consistently. I want to be shown off, celebrated, and reminded of my beauty. I don’t want to surround myself around anyone who doesn’t make me feel anything. I want my presence craved any time I go missing. I want my spirit full in return of me giving you everything. The way I love is everything but ordinary. The way my heart is set up - I fill people until I’m left empty. Unintentionally, I will shower you with all of me until I’m left with nothing. All I want is for someone to feel what I feel and love how I love - someone who’s eager to give me mutuality - without me having to question whether or not they’re meant for me.
—  Reyna Biddy
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Beautiful Untranslatable Words Inside Nostalgic Necklaces

London-based boutique Minimalist Things is responsible for producing delicate jewelry inspired by life’s undetected treasures. Its French owner Raphaëlle prides herself in constructing a high-quality product, which contains a deep personal meeting. She spends hours on each piece to assure it its unique and meaningful. The set of untranslatable words from different languages explore moments and profound feelings, which the English language has no word for. Check out the words below.

CAFUNÉ (Brazilian Portuguese) - tenderly running one’s fingers through someone’s hair.

WABI-SABI (Japanese) - a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life.

HYGGELIG (Danish) - good friends, cold beer & a warm fire.

KOMOREBI (Japanese) - when sunlight filters through the leaves of trees.

TOSKA (Russian) - a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a vague restlessness.

DUENDE (Spanish) - mysterious power that a work of art has to deeply move a person.

Find the entire collection in her Etsy shop!

limerence
—  (noun) Psychology | Coined by psychologist Dorothy Tennov, limerence is loosely defined as a compulsive level of infatuation. In this state, the mind emotionally and physically projects romantic thoughts and desires to form or maintain a relationship with a particular person. It’s a sense of lovesickness, portrayed by the latter symptoms: the idealization of another person, extreme shyness or nervousness around the beloved, a fear or rejection, which can drive one to despair, intensely analyzing every word said by the one they crave, experiencing physical symptoms when around this person, such as sweaty palms, heart palpitations and other senses of euphoria when their presence is recognized by the one they desire.

I remember you.. down to the promises you played me with. I remember loving you the way I never knew I was capable. I remember hearing your name and loving the butterfly’s that soared my stomach shortly after. I remember you’d call me to say you missed me.. sometimes I wonder if you’ll ever call again. I remember asking you for truths and believing your lies instead. I remember you in a way I promised myself I wouldn’t the day you left. I remember all my good bye and wishing you well messages. I remember us. More than I wish I did.
—  Reyna Biddy
at some point you have to sit with yourself and learn who you are. you have to take responsibility for the way you’ve been treating yourself and the way you’ve allowed others to break you down. you have to go back to wherever you abandoned your love for self - thinking that someone’s love for you is more important than your own - and pick you back up! you have to ask yourself, “why do I treat others better than I treat my own self?” then you have to accept yourself.. because at the end of the day, the only person who’s forced to deal with the broken pieces of you, is you. don’t fault yourself for any of the past - just accept who you are today. accept your truths, your hurt, and your heart. and finally, you have to love YOU. love every piece of you - and never ever let anyone come in and damage you again. Heal your heart and Protect yourself better.
—  Reyna Biddy