The Bittersweetness of Having Arrived Here In the Future

énouement n. the bittersweetness of having arrived here in the future, where you can finally get the answers to how things turn out in the real world—who your baby sister would become, what your friends would end up doing, where your choices would lead you, exactly when you’d lose the people you took for granted—which is priceless intel that you instinctively want to share with anybody who hadn’t already made the journey with you, as if there was some part of you who had volunteered to stay behind, who was still stationed at a forgotten outpost somewhere in the past, who was still eagerly awaiting news from the front.

(From The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. “Its mission is to harpoon, bag and tag wild sorrows then release them back into the subconscious.” Here are three more.)

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