(Expect this Journal entry to undergo many updates/edits)
What kind of meanings do you wish there were words for, that there aren't already words for (or that you don't know of words that already encapsulates the meaning)? This question is open to everyone. Please answer if you have a meaning you feel there ought to be a word for, even if you're just passing through my page and don't know me. Also, if you know a word that encapsulates the meaning of a suggestion, please tell me.
I think the concept that I most wish there was a word for in English is a "happy type of feeling flustered," such as when someone you like flatters you unexpectedly; specifically a condition where you like that you feel a little "out of sorts". I can't think of a word for this and I don't know how to search by definition, so if anyone knows of an existing word for this, even if it's in another language, please tell me.
I would also like a word that means, "a charming type of pettiness," such as when someone's fussing, or sulking is actually endearing/cute (basically something that makes you care for that person more), instead of off-putting, probably because its benign in this case. My use of the word pettiness here can refer to either concern over unimportant matters, or spitefulness (although again, only a benign kind). There are words that describe lesser negative things, like naughtiness, in a way that can show fondness for them, such as "mischievous" and "cheeky" for behavior and the modern definition of "rascal" and "scamp" for a person, but I don't know of a word that means "a charming type of pettiness".
I would also like a word that means, "a calm state of mind that makes you feel stronger". American athletes are always talking about "being in the 'zone'," but the way they describe it, it sounds like a very aggressive, highly excited/energetic, active state of focus. I've experienced something else that people keep trying to call "being in the zone," but it doesn't match their meaning. During times of exercise, or dealing with pain, I've felt a kind of tranquility, almost bordering on feeling as though I'm about to fall asleep (even when not slowing down my movements), where I feel somewhat detached from my current state. In the case of exercising, it almost feels like I'm no longer the one moving my body, even though if I look, I can see I'm still moving at the same rate, but with much less struggle/much more ease.
I would also like a word that describes "laughter from finding something cute" (as opposed to derisively laughing at something/someone, or laughing from something being funny), as well as a separate word that means "laughter from being amazed" (such as in marveling at an accomplishment). (These are two separate ones, but both about laughter.)
I would also like a word that describes "a feeling similar to nostalgia for something that you actually have not experienced". The nostalgic feeling is an integral aspect, which is why the phrase "déjà vu" does not fully represent this. It's not the same as just "wistfully wishing for something," because that neglects the familiarity component. I kind of feel like this one may exist, but maybe only in another language (which is a good segue into the next one).
I want a word for "suspecting that you have created a false memory, but not being sure if you have". Regular false memories would probably go completely unnoticed by the person with the false memories, unless it's pointed out by an outside source, but this is for when you start to doubt it on your own.
I want a word that means something like, "behaving/taking actions in a hopeful manner, even when feeling almost entirely pessimistic/hopeless about a situation". The feeling is that you honestly think whatever you try will not work, but you earnestly try anyway (expecting to fail) because being wrong in this case is just that important to you (you really want to be wrong). This is meant to apply to larger things, such as a world view, or at least a dire emergency situation, not something trivial.
I want a word that describes "a simultaneous feeling of appreciation for being honored and guilt/shame for feeling as though you do not live up to a compliment/positive assertion". This is not merely being humble, but rather a feeling more like regret.
I want a word that describes "a franticly paced thought process that allows you to respond to things much more quickly, resulting in a lot of 'close saves' without feeling as though you were on top of the situation in-the-moment". This type of "mind-racing" is entirely beneficial; it's chiefly characterized by having good results (maybe not outright success, but at least much heightened efficiency, awareness/clarity, reflexes, etc. (though it can also be total success)), unlike other states of panic. This is like performing well under pressure, but replacing the confidence with moderate amounts of panic and uncertainty while "winging it". I know this "hyper-mode" is the "adrenaline superpowers" people get, but I'm specifically talking about just the elevated cognition while feeling panicked.
So, post things you wish had words, or the words that mean these things.