A deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for something or someone that one cares for and/or loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never be had again. It is the recollection of feelings, experiences, places, or events that once brought excitement, pleasure, and well-being, which now trigger the senses and make one experience the pain of separation from those joyous sensations. Saudade describes a feeling both happy and sad, and might be most closely related to the English expression ‘bitter sweet’ ⚘ ⚘ ⚘ ⚘ ⚘ ⚘ ⚘ ⚘ ⚘ ⚘ There's a certain shade of beauty in remembering the happiness you once shared with a former partner Your trials, your victories, how much you've given to and did for each other It's a sickly sweet sadness that reminds me: light/dark happy/sad joy/despair are all two sides of the same coin and neither can exist without the other So while moments of remembrance ( especially when you're: neck-deep in the miasma of loss before the loss has taken place, drowning in the aches of should-could-would-haves ) can bring you to your knees, you can also relish in the fact that your shared happiness will never be diminished. ⚘ I beg you not to burn the mementos from those with whom you once shared love and peace. They are a piece of you, you watered and nurtured one another for a time, and you once were happy. You can love them with a passive joy even if they never speak to you again, and in doing so you will find the love that you will hold for yourself once more.