Monday, May 15, 2017

What's Sehnsucht?

A couple of weeks ago I was having dinner with a friend of mine when at some point she said: I desperately need a new idea. I need an idea that will bring me and my life on a new track. An idea that'll stimulate me and will make me take a new path in life.
(You guessed right: she is going through some tough times).
As I rarely lack ideas, it was difficult for me to hand out advice on the quick. I suggested some techniques to get "your brain moving" (so to speak) and also proposed to listen to her yearnings.
Her yearnings? She was confused. Well, you know, I said, yearnings are these feelings that usually live deep down in your soul.

The German word for yearning actually describes it much better:
(Gotta  love the German language. You take two or more ideas, put them together and create a word!)
"Sehnsucht" consists of
the verb "sich sehnen" = to long for sth/so. or to wish for sth./so and
the noun "die Sucht" = addiction
I personally love the addiction part. Because yearning for sth. or so. can be kind of addictive (in my opinion). Your soul's wishes are addictive because they are pure. As pure as they never will be once they are converted into real life.
On Wikipedia I found this wonderful description of the word Sehnsucht:
Some psychologists use the word sehnsucht to represent thoughts and feelings about all facets of life that are unfinished or imperfect, paired with a yearning for ideal alternative experiences. It has been referred to as “life’s longings”; or an individual’s search for happiness while coping with the reality of unattainable wishes.

I absolutely love the idea of starting something new (or trying to change something I don't like) with "a yearning for ideal alternative experiences".
Why not start with perfection? Real life catches up pretty quick anyway and you'll have all the time to adapt. And there is always the possibility that the perfect point of origin will turn out to be the final destination. Why sabotage yourself before the journey even started?

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