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”:
- “Feel” as emotion, as in being comfortable with how I feel about the world.
- “How I feel about the world,” as in my impressions of the world, or my world, to be exact.
- “How I feel about the world,” as in what emotions I feel while being out in the world.
- “Feel” as touching, as in holding loved ones close or grabbing onto things that catch my eye, like an infant.
- “Feel more” as in feel like I’m more than just myself, that I’m greater than the sum of my parts.
- “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.
- “Feel” as opposed to think, as in I think too much.
- Making the statement knowing full well that saying “I want to feel more” matters less than actually going out and feeling.
- 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.