Today the internet brought a new word to my attention. I think it’s a pretty great word. I didn’t think single words could contain such epic definitions. Here it is in all its glory.
Sonder - n. The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own - populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries, and inherited craziness - and epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk
via Roman on The Listserve