Definition: Stikhedonia (pronounced: "strik-he-‘dOn-E-a\) Greek; noun
1. The pleasure of being able to say "to hell with it"
Why I love this word:
It's like when someone is so critical of themselves, overthinks every decision, and strategically plans out their life, they all come to a certain breaking point. You realize after all of your efforts, after all the careful planning and evaluation, always thinking before making any move, that not everything goes your way. You reconsider why you were so difficult on yourself in the first place; life was meant to be enjoyed and lived freely. And you realize that everyone makes mistakes and it's their mistakes and the silly adventures that has built their character. So one day if your friends suggest going out on a serendipitous night, without any plans and without any precautions, you best say 'to hell with it.' Because you never know if this spontaneously unplanned series of events will lead you to the one thing you were so desperately trying to find and work towards. You'll learn that sometimes when you work so hard trying to catch the thing you want so desperately, that it will keep running from you. But if you sit back and start to appreciate the world around you, it will somehow make its way onto your lap. It's as easy as that.
Photograph by Charlotte Gonzalez