At 2:00 pm yesterday I thought that I would be continuing on my normal routine and was looking forward to the simple predictable parts. At 7:00 pm I was 300 Km's away from my normal routine in a gargantuan unfamiliar routine. I enjoy my job because of these often sudden and unexpected changes that can take me to places that hours before I would never have guessed I would be.
Although the words I used for this feeling are perhaps not entirely accurate. "Unfamiliar" describes how the situation is different, however, I have had similar experiences before so it's not entirely different. "Gargantuan" describes the feeling that the difference of my situation is very large, yet, as above it is most definitely not out of the realms of possibility. "sudden" and "unexpected" provides the view that such circumstances are a surprise, but, this is my job and it's a service I advertise so surely it's not a complete surprise.
Feelings are hard to identify. Describing them is even harder. Although most people would have understood an emotion I was trying to convey in the opening paragraph, it is still open to wild interpretation and even for myself on closer examination, does not do my feeling justice.
If I were to take a page out of John Koenig's book, I would just invent the word for my feeling and then make a beautiful video about it. John Koenig's "The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows" (http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/) is a series that I don't only inform my clients about, but practically everyone I meet. This is a youtube series of John making up words for feelings that we all relate to, however, do not have words for. John then describes the beauty of these words in mesmerizing short videos.
Some of my favorite words from the dictionary of obscure sorrows include;
Sonder - The realisation that everyone has a story
Zenosyne - The sense that time keeps going faster
Some of our biggest communication issues are that we often use to narrow a language for our complex and subjective emotions. This often leads to confusion, frustration and isolation. What I love most about John Koenig's work is that the meaning is backed up by the visual. Feeling's are not just words, but often descriptions and need to be shown, not told.