I am looking for a word to describe my feelings for a special place and time that cannot last. Specifically I seek a word to describe what I call a nostalgia for the future - the sentiment I would have if I live to see the loss of that which I find very special. In my case it is the beauty of the place and time in which I live: mountains, ocean, forests, birds and other wildlife, but I suspect many of us have this future nostalgic sense. Is there a word for this? If not, perhaps one can be invented.

Thank you.

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    Won't you call it 'anxiety'? A child scared of losing his mother has 'separation anxiety' Oct 21 '15 at 6:22
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    It would be nostalgia when it kicked in. It may never happen. As Jony implies, it's a fear of loss. Oct 21 '15 at 8:51
  • @David Farmer: reminds of these lyrics: "The remembrance of today is the sad feeling of tomorrow". Oct 21 '15 at 10:57
  • The word "fleeting" has connotations of nostalgia and limited time.
    – Lawrence
    Oct 21 '15 at 11:01

I think "saudade" might be the work you are looking for. Reference : Wiki link

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    The word applies to the feeling that confronts something lost. The OP hasn't lost his precious yet.
    – deadrat
    Oct 21 '15 at 8:01
  • @deadrat I meant more like "sadly accepting of fate(loss) " . .The sentiment is "he admired the beauty & going to miss it sadly" Oct 21 '15 at 8:11
  • The OP would feel saudade after the loss occurs. He wants a word for the feeling now that anticipates the future saudade.
    – deadrat
    Oct 21 '15 at 8:19
  • it is meant for both "feeling of loss towards the past or the future.."..please check the refernced link. Oct 21 '15 at 8:36
  • I checked your link. It says nothing about the future. Only about a longing for something this is missed, absent already.
    – deadrat
    Oct 21 '15 at 9:01

Angst is a bit too strong, but it seems it could still work, at least with a qualifier.

So let me suggest bittersweet angst. This might capture the feeling.


Cameron, and Sloane wrestle with questions of parental pressure, societal conformity, and the bittersweet angst that flavors the last few weeks of high school, when you know that unstoppable change is right around the corner.

(Book source)


Insecurity would be the word you are looking for.

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