Sonder (n.) the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.
You are the main character of your own story. The hero, if you will. Or maybe you are the villain.
You are the director of your life. May it be a romance, mystery, suspense, or genre of your choosing.
You write your own story line.
But in this story of life, you are not alone. There are 7 billion people on this planet.
7 billion stars of your story, whether you write them as main characters or as extras.
Or maybe they are writing their story alongside yours as a lover, friend, or mentor.
7 billion people live on this planet.
7 billion people, and each individual is writing their own story just like you are.
How is it that we are supposed to comprehend each and every life that we meet as if it is as complex as our own?
I believe that the first step in realizing the depth of the word ‘sonder’ is cherishing each life around you.
Ask questions. Find what makes people tick. Make every person that you meet feel loved.
But do not just give love. Giving love is important, but it is also important to receive it.
Do not try to change the stories that are being written, but let the stories change you.
Let the stories reach your heart and change your soul.
And if it so happens, let these stories change your own.
This blog will share the experiences that I discover and the complex lives that I encounter in my future travels. I will share how the stories of others change my own story. I hope that you enjoy and begin to discover sonder as I have!