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  • Moment of Tangency: A Glimpse of What Might Have Been

    n. a glimpse of life as it might've been, had you made slightly different choices along the way

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  • Lutalica: The Part of Your Identity That Doesn't Fit Into Categories

    We all want to belong to something. But part of you is still rattling around inside categories and labels that could never do you justice.

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  • Dès Vu: The Awareness That This Will Become A Memory

    Once in a while you look up, and watch as the present turns into a memory, as if some future you is already looking back on it.

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  • Ballagàrraidh: The Awareness That You Are Domesticated

    The story of humanity is a move from the countryside to the big city. But it's happened so fast that a part of you still remembers Eden. That longs to leave your car idling in traffic, and flee into the wilderness. But there's another part of you knows that Eden is a fantasy, and you'll always be floating just above it; trailing clouds of civilization wherever you go.

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  • Alazia: The Fear That You're No Longer Able to Change

    After so many years wondering what kind of person you were going to become one day, somewhere you forgot that this question actually has an answer, and that 'one day' will eventually arrive. If it hasn't already.

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  • Koinophobia: The Fear of Being Ordinary

    When you look back over your life, or try to put it down on paper, you can see more of it now than ever before. And yet it seems somehow diminished. Humble. Almost quaint. So you begin scanning your life, looking for something interesting or beautiful. But all you see is ordinary people assembled in their tiny classrooms and workspaces, each of us moving around in little steps, like tokens on a game board.

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  • Klexos: The Art of Dwelling on the Past

    Your life is written in indelible ink. There's no going back to erase the past, tweak your mistakes, or fill in missed opportunities. When the moment's over, your fate is sealed. But if look closer, you notice the ink never really dries on any our experiences. They can change their meaning the longer you look at them.

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  • Zenosyne: The Sense That Time Keeps Going Faster

    As a kid you run around so fast, the world around you seems to stand still. A summer vacation can stretch on for an eternity. With each birthday we circle back and cross the same point around the sun. We wish each other 'many happy returns.' But soon you feel the circle begin to tighten, and you realize it's a spiral, and you're already halfway through.

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  • Astrophe: The Feeling of Being Stuck on Earth

    It's hard not to look at the ground as you walk. To set your sights low, and keep the world spinning, and try to stay grounded wherever you are. But every so often you remember to look up, and imagine the possibilities. Dreaming of what's out there. Before long, you find yourself grounded once again. Grounded in the sense of being homebound. Stuck on the planet Earth.

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  • Kenopsia: The Eeriness of Places Left Behind

    kenopsia, n. the eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that's usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet-a school hallway in the evening, an unlit office on a weekend, vacant fairgrounds-an emotional afterimage that makes it seem not just empty but hyper-empty, with a total population in the negative, who are so conspicuously absent they glow like neon signs.

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