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Sonder: The Realization That Everyone Has A Story


Sonder. You are the main character. The protagonist. The star at the center of
your own unfolding story. You’re surrounded by
your supporting cast: friends and family hanging
in your immediate orbit. Scattered a little further out,
a network of acquaintances who drift in and out of
contact over the years. But there in the background,
faint and out of focus, are the extras. The random passersby. Each living a life as vivid
and complex as your own. They carry on invisibly
around you, bearing the accumulated weight
of their own ambitions, friends, routines, mistakes, worries, triumphs and inherited craziness. When your life moves on to the
next scene, theirs flickers in place, wrapped in a cloud of backstory
and inside jokes and characters strung together with countless
other stories that you’ll never be able to see. That you’ll never know exists. 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.

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