My Sentiments Exactly

I recently told a friend that I want to feel more. I’m weary of thinking, I said. I want to feel more. What does this mean? Humor me a little while I pick this idea apart.

Possible Interpretations/Some Notes Regarding the Sentiment “I Want to Feel More”:

  1. “Feel” as emotion, as in being comfortable with how I feel about the world.
  2. “How I feel about the world,” as in my impressions of the world, or my world, to be exact.
  3. “How I feel about the world,” as in what emotions I feel while being out in the world.
  4. “Feel” as touching, as in holding loved ones close or grabbing onto things that catch my eye, like an infant.
  5. “Feel more” as in feel like I’m more than just myself, that I’m greater than the sum of my parts.
  6. “Feel more” as in I want other people to see and accept my complexity, so that I feel like more than just a regular person to the people I care about.
  7. “Feel” as opposed to think, as in I think too much.
  8. Making the statement knowing full well that saying “I want to feel more” matters less than actually going out and feeling.
  9. It’s a mistake to separate thinking and feeling in the first place; they inform each other.

I could go on, but I think I proved my point. I must’ve been channeling Keats or some other Romantic poet. And good poets, after all, know how to feel.

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