What You Miss Most Is an Essential Clue to Who You Are

A thought experiment

Amy Shearn
Forge
Published in
4 min readApr 27, 2020

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A photo of a young woman on her balcony looking outside.
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To paraphrase Anton Chekhov and/or The Spice Girls: Tell me what you miss, and I’ll tell you who you are.

Here’s a thought experiment. Clear your mind, close your eyes, and simply ask yourself: What do I miss most right now? Capture the first thing that comes to mind. Not the second thing, which will be what you…

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Amy Shearn
Forge

Formerly: Editor of Creators Hub, Human Parts // Ongoingly: Novelist, Essayist, Person