Provisional Life

First proposed by Swiss psychologist Marie-Louise von Franz, provisional life is

a strange feeling that one is not yet in real life. For the time being, one is doing this or that… [but] there is always the fantasy that sometime in the future the real thing will come about.

Things just are the way they are, such metaphors suggest, no matter how vigorously you might wish they weren’t – and your only hope of exercising any real influence over the world is to work with that fact, instead of against it - Oliver Burkeman in Four thousand weeks

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