Saudade

"A feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia that is supposedly characteristic of the Portuguese or Brazilian temperament.."


Saudade is a word that has no literal translation in many languages; a word used in many love poems and romantic songs in Portuguese. Saudade means the memory of something that happened and an intense desire to relive certain moments.

According to the legend, saudade appeared in the period of discovery and defined the solitude that the Portuguese came to Brazil had of their land and their relatives. So they were filled with melancholy for feeling so lonely and distant.

When I moved to the U.S, this feeling became much stronger; always connected to people, places and things that were no longer part of my daily life. Gradually, it became more and more present. I miss my family, friends, my favorite places, food, smells, colors, music...  I miss a lot of things!

The biggest problem about this feeling is explaining its meaning. For those who feel saudade, a simple "I miss you" is never enough. Saudade is more than that. It is deeper. It hurts. And all this also makes it a far more beautiful feeling.

During pregnancy, I realized that I miss many things that I did not remember. Sometimes I wanted to go back in time to relive some moments that I did not know I was living for the last time, people I would like to spend more time talking to, places that I could have enjoyed more...

One of the things I miss the most is being able to walk to the beach and just sit down and look at the ocean. It sounds silly, but we often only value something when we lose it and I think that is the greatest lesson. 

So enjoy every moment to the max, build good memories, and good feelings because life passes too fast, and then we can only feel saudade...