The lost places of our past

Hiraeth (n.) — a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past

Digital nomads form new relationships all over the planet, but we also leave many of those places and people behind during our journeys. In reality, every “goodbye” could be the last time we ever see that person or visit that place. It’s a big world and our lives are all too short.

Whenever I have a quiet moment, I like to sit back and let my mind’s eye slowly wander through the halls and haunts of my past. This causes a feeling to arise that has always been intangible, ineffable. The word “hiraeth” finally captures that feeling. It’s one of fond sadness, of solemnity, of love for things lost, and love for things not lost, but simply never found again.