Words for Thought

1. Sonder

Definition: This word represents a complex experience of the human condition, and thus is very tricky to try and pin down in brevity.

“Sonder” is the profound, individual realization that each person you meet is living their own life, that each person has their own world fitted with their own personal worries, pains, pleasures, ambitions, routines, etc– The same as yourself, in a sense, but also as intricate and as different as could be imagined. “Sonder” is the idea that there are millions of stories happening all at once, around each other, oblivious and contained from one another.

It’s the idea that You– with all of your importance of being the star in your own intimate play –aren’t really that important at all, in the grand scheme of things, and more often than not do you appear as nothing more than an overlooked extra sipping coffee or walking across the road in the background of all the separate, equally precious inner productions of strangers.

(If you appear or are recognized at all.)

[Source: Unused Words]

2. Fernweh

Definition: A homesickness for a place you’ve never been.

[Source: Mr. Palmer]

 

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