The word that never happened.

1 min readJul 30, 2022


What an incredibly versatile word.

Powerful, exciting, and scary too!

I almost got hit by a car.

I almost drowned.

I almost missed my plane.

And not just that: it also captures disappointment.

I almost made it to the top.

I was almost asked to be the drummer of the band, THAT band, yes!

Almost is the word that refers to what didn’t happen.

So it’s actually about nothing.

But at the same time, it’s about everything EXCEPT what happened.

So it’s about everything, almost.

Try to imagine how big and vast that is!

Almost is the imaginary bridge between reality and the rest.

A single word.


The word that can haunt you forever.

‘Ten years ago I almost bought Tesla shares.’

‘Back then I almost followed that adventurous, long-haired guitar player to his Greek island, and now he’s a billionaire with a chain of B & B’s.’

Almost is a word that can leave you speechless.

A word that captures how close you came, in any direction.

It can be about being the luckiest person in the world, and it can be about the unluckiest human being.

Just imagine.

You almost didn’t read this blog.

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Marnix Pauwels. Author. Transformative Coach. Slowly getting to the place he never left. Exploring awe. How about simplicity?