“Je Ne Sais Quoi” is loosely translated as something (pleasant) that cannot be accurately described or expressed. Over the past year I’ve almost rewired my brain. As I’ve become more involved in blogging, as well as my own personal writing I’ve started to formulate all of my thoughts and feelings in terms of words. Sometimes my feelings can be expressed eloquently, sometimes they’re a jumbled mess, but none the less I need (I CRAVE) the words to describe them.
Yet, have you ever listened to a song and felt yourself more in synch with the music than the lyrics? Have you stared at a painting and felt connected the the emotion it brings? Have you met someone, and after only talking for a short time come to fall in love with their very essence? Their “aura” per say? In life there are moments when we feel so very deeply yet there simply are no words.
I think it is important to recognize the things in life we find have a certain “je ne sais quoi” to them. If you’re drawn to a certain person, a certain city or a certain study there is meaning in your attraction. So often I fall in to the trap of dismissing meaning behind thoughts and feelings I cannot describe with language, but language is limiting. I wonder, is the whole world meant to be understood through language? If so then why do we paint? Why do we sing? Why do puppy kisses melt our hearts and why is the sun rise so breathtakingly beautiful?
The inability to describe our elusive attractions does not mean they are wrong or invalid. While it is my tendency to comprehend my world through words I find it refreshing (although occasionally frustrating) to stumble across moments, places and faces, that cannot be understood through language.
Yet here I am taking a phenomenon based an alluring “I don’t know what” and attempting to put it into words.
Have you ever met someone with a certain je ne sais quoi about them?