My favourite word in the whole world is Sonder.
It’s pretty. It sounds nice and it has a beautiful meaning. (It’s also the name of a wine bar in my neighbourhood but that’s irrelevant!)
So ….. Sonder means:
“The realisation that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own”
It’s word that came about through The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, a genius publication that manages to articulate a vast array of human emotions and observations and put a word to them.
I love this one the most because when you feel it, it is overwhelming. How can 7 billion people (and the countless trillions that went before them) be as complicated as me?
It’s a lovely reminder that this is not The Truman Show, you are not all starring in a mini series about my life. I am little and we are all precious.