Language is a gift, something that is hugely overlooked. Can you imagine a world where you couldn't communicate? Couldn't share your joys and sorrows, express yourself and understand those around you?
Words can be carried around the world, recorded for all time in so many ways now, both through voice and print. Without language we wouldn't have books, films or songs. There would be a void in our lives, that's why I'm going to pay tribute to some of my favourite words that I discover during the course of writing my novel.
To start off...
Serendipity means a "fortunate happenstance" or "pleasant surprise".
I love the melodic sound of Serendipity, it's a joyful word to say. The fact that it means a happy accident is even better. Who wouldn't want a life full of serendipity?
It was invented by Horace Walpole, the 4th Earl of Orford, in 1754 who said that a hero in the fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip had this quality.
"I once read a silly fairy tale called The Three Princes of Serendip: as their highnesses travelled, they were always making discoveries, by accident and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of"
You can read more of his story here...
I wish you serendipity today and every day.
Claire Wade is the winner of the Good Housekeeping Novel Competition and author of The Choice. She was bed bound for six years with severe ME, trapped in a body that wouldn't do what she wanted. She now writes about women who want to break free from the constraints of their lives, a subject she's deeply familiar with.