Dictionary of obscure sorrows - anemoia

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Leigha Offline
(Jan 1, 2022 10:43 PM)Magical Realist Wrote: Beautiful! Thanks for that.

I thought it was interesting, too. I wouldn't go as far as to say that the feelings are an ''altered state of reality'' or something...but, more along the lines of yearning to experience being there, if that makes sense.
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Syne Offline
I'll stick with:

wistful - having or showing a feeling of vague or regretful longing.
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Leigha Offline
Hmm, yea maybe. That feeling of wishing you had done something differently coming through when you see photos of say your own ancestors. (?) It’s a feeling that is hard to pinpoint - but, I think “wistful” fits.

Then there is something known as “restorative nostalgia,” when you’re longing to rebuild the past or bring it back to life. Sometimes shopping in a consignment or antique store can conjure up those feelings or even the familiar smells during the holidays that take us back to childhood.
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