Hey, dearest reader! Hope your weekend has been going well.
When you’re driving down the road, what do you think about? Most likely you tend to think about making sure your directions are taking you to the right place, (hopefully) obeying traffic laws and watching out for cars around you.
But do you ever think about the people in those cars that pass you by?
This is where the idea of sonder comes in. One definition of sonder is “n. the realization that each passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own”.
I think that we often get so caught up with our own lives and problems that we don’t usually think about how every total stranger we see has a story just like we do.
So let’s get back to our driving situation. Where do you think all of those people are going? Most of them are probably going to and from school/work, but I bet you’ve passed by some more interesting stories without even knowing it as well. Perhaps the reason you saw a car blow by you so fast one time was because a husband was driving his wife to the hospital, and they were about to have their first child. Maybe that person you saw the other day was going to a relative’s funeral, or maybe they were going to their best friend’s wedding.
Crazy to think about, isn’t it?
I will be the first to admit that I can be so absorbed in my own little world that I don’t even pay attention to something that’s right in front of my face. I do sometimes like to think about those people driving past me, though. I also ask myself if any stranger has ever wondered where I was heading to on a particular day, or what my life was like.
The interesting thing is that you just never know.
Seize the day!
16 October 2016 11:18 AM