Angst

There’s something about this word…it’s both good and bad.  Those of us that have teenagers can say that we experience this on a regular basis…I am lucky.  My teenage girls have yet to experience this, and (knock on wood) they will not!

Websters defines it this way: a feeling of dread, anxiety, or anguish.

Now the Urban Dictionary has it right!  I love the Urban Dictionary, because honestly, if you are feeling angst, go look it up there, and you will no longer have angst

How about this one:

1. A downtrodden feeling, accompanied by anxiety and a sense of hopelessness. Most commonly seen in those going through the mid to later stages of Puberty.
2. Most definitely NOT a valid source of entertainment.

Or perhaps this one suits better!

An intense longing or yearning for someone or something to happen in one’s life. Angst by its modern definition does not necessarily carry a negative connotation, and can be a positive emotion that many people seek out in relationships or in life. Angst is also common in dramatic relationships and can be a driving force that pushes two people to be together because of the fact that being apart from each other makes their hearts yearn for each other. We call this being ‘angsty’. Being angsty is the result of having an excessive amount of angst in one’s life.

And my personal favourite:

Glorified synonym for whine.
 

Love it!

Honestly, it’s not only teenagers that experience this emotion.  Adults do too!  In fact, I’ve been experiencing angst in one form or another for about three weeks now.  What’s the cure?  Wine, of course! There’s nothing like really good wine to make you forget about your angst for awhile.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATwo beauties that I’ve had stashed away, finally found a reason to be opened. (No, not JUST because of my angst!) I’d had the Chateau de Sancerre before, but this time I paired it with a salad, and mashed potatoes of all things!  And it was delightful!  The Sauvignon Blanc grape is classic here with lots of mineral notes and lemongrass flavours. The Chateau Mont-Redon, this amazing 2004 that I picked up on a steal of a deal, is the quintessential  GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre, plus up to 13 others!) blend from the Chateauneuf-de-Pape.  The soft tannins and ripe fruit blended together perfectly.  Aging and drinking nicely, this was a perfect match to the baked ham with clove mustard sauce that I had prepared. Two fantastic French wines, opened together.  Delicious…

Now, I know that wine is NOT the answer to angst….and not even a glass of great wine will cure it. However, opening a great bottle in the company of friends and/or family who will listen, just might be….

Angst:  don’t whine, rather….wine.

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2 Responses to Angst

  1. I couldn’t agree more about having a great bottle of wine with people you enjoy. When we moved to our new house, our neighbor asked if we wanted to come over and sit around the fire and, “do you drink wine?” they asked. That evening was the start to a fantastic friendship and many more glasses of wine. How’s that for a modern day welcome wagon…

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