As an artist, I’ve always been looking for that perfect balance between trying too hard and letting things happen naturally.
Needless to say, every time I’d swing one way or the other. Either my ambition would make my work feel too forced, or my caution would leave it a bit on the sloppy side.
I couldn’t even put the feeling into words. It was so elusive that I was starting to wonder if that balance exists. Then I heard the word… Godspeed!
“That’s it!”, I thought. If God was here on Earth, doing his thing, he’d surely move like a boss. Like, really quick but not rushing things at all. At godspeed, so to say. I imagined it like the speed of light, only cooler.
Of course, it didn’t take long for me to learn the actual meaning of the word. Too late, every official English dictionary… I already love my imaginary meaning too much to unlearn it.
In fact, words are just useful shortcuts to a feeling or an idea. You say the word and you feel it or see it in your mind.
If a made-up meaning makes the word more useful, use that. All word meanings are made-up, by definition.
Plus, we’re mostly talking to ourselves anyway.