What happens when you cannot give words to a profound personal experience?
Several months ago I introduced you to John Koenig, creator of the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. This is a compendium of invented words to express common but strangely powerful experiences for which we don’t yet have words.
Although there is no video with today’s word, exulansis, he defines it this way:
the tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it—whether through envy or pity or simple foreignness—which allows it to drift away from the rest of your life story, until the memory itself feels out of place, almost mythical, wandering restlessly in the fog, no longer even looking for a place to land.