Did you see this list of emotions people experience but can’t explain? I loved it.
I thought of some others that I’d put on my own personal list – less philosophical, more prosaic:
Ijustcant: The annoyance you feel when you pass a pair of shoes on the stairs, knowing they’ve been there for two days and nobody has bothered picking them up, except you can’t bring yourself to pick them up either.
Airoflop: Getting off a flight and walking into arrivals, seeing all the people with signs who are waiting to greet passengers, and hoping one of them is for you, even when there’s absolutely no logic to it and it would in fact be really weird if a random person was holding a sign with your name.
Nontoxication: The anxiety you get when fumbling for your front door key while the taxi that just dropped you off is still outside your house, after having done such a good job acting sober all the way home.
Pickmeism: The tiny, tiny hope at any given awards ceremony/ prize giving/ raffle that your name will be called out, even when it’s very improbable, like while watching the Oscars on TV, the night after the live show.
Gamblerosis: Thinking of something you need to do or buy, contemplating writing it down because it’s important, then thinking “No, I won’t write it down, I’ll remember,” while knowing already that you definitely won’t remember.
Confessionism: Telling a story to someone, that you’ve already told to someone else, and feeling the need to say “As I said to…” even though it doesn’t matter at all because the second person didn’t hear you tell the story first time round. But if you don’t admit you said it before, it feels like cheating.
Autoguilt: Not stopping to let a car out from a side road, then seeing the car behind you stop to do it.
Battlelinesdrawn: Getting het up during an imagined argument that takes place only in your head – usually in anticipation of a criticism that hasn’t happened.
Makeupyourmindgap: Feeling annoyed on days when it’s raining then sunny then raining then sunny, and thinking it would be easier if it would just rain, except really knowing you don’t want it to rain all day.
Thinkingalouditis: Wondering if anyone will have any idea what you’re talking about.
Do you have any?
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