Onism (noun) Origin: Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows | The awareness of how little of the world you will experience.
“The frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time, which is like standing in front of the departures screen at an airport, flickering over with strange city names like other people’s passwords, each representing one more thing you’ll never get to see before you die.”
ETYMOLOGY: Portmanteau of monism (the philosophical view that a variety of things can be explained in terms of a single reality) + onanism (alternative word for self-pleasure).
Taking a picture of folks on a bus and feeling a little sad that I am not on that bus because they appear to be having so much fun. Even when I am enjoying exactly where I am and what I am doing.
Being ok with where I currently am (Malabo), but wistfully wishing I was back where I was (Croatia here). So magical. Sort of the grass is always greener attitude, which I hate.
“I looked through others’ windows On an enchanted earth But out of my own window– solitude and dearth.
And yet there is a mystery I cannot understand– That others through my window See an enchanted land.” ― Jessie B. Rittenhouse’
Ukiyo (noun) Origin: Japanese | The floating world – Living in the moment, detached from the bothers of life.
A hard translation of this word dates back to Japan’s Edo-period as it describes the urban lifestyle, and a famous related word is ukiyo-e or Japanese art paintings of the ‘Floating World’ or of our fleeting life and transient world.
I was fortunate enough to take a vacation with my daughter to Croatia. I let her plan the entire trip. Where we stayed, where we ate, what we did. It was one of my favorite trips. I didn’t have to make any decisions (only had to pay for everything.. haha)
I sat on this very cool spot for hours in Zadar, Croatia. We visited this place again and again throughout the day because it was just interesting and beautiful. It was mesmerizing. Next to it was an ocean organ. They were steps that went into the water and when the waves came up it would sound like an organ. Seeing people walk across this at different times of day made it seem like you were in another world. At night it would light up. I think it was one of our favorite places in Croatia. The entire country was amazing and one day I will go back.
The Sea organ is an architectural sound art object located in Zadar, Croatia and an experimental musical instrument, which plays music by way of sea waves and tubes located underneath a set of large marble steps.
“Not all those who wander are lost.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” ~Anita Desai
“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” ~Jack Kerouac
“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” ~anaïs nin
“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” ~Mark Twain
“But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.” ~Bill Bryson