Feeling Sonder


Jorge and I finally found time to belatedly celebrate his birthday together.  His trucking route had been temporarily changed due to the vacation of one of his coworkers.  We were both eager to pick up from where we had left off a couple of months ago.

One night, Jorge said he had been browsing through his social media apps and realized that a peculiar word kept showing up in Reddit. He had never seen that word Sonder-01until now, so he decided to look up the definition.  One site defined sonder as the realization that each random passerby is living a life as complex and intense as your own. It’s an obscure word that is now becoming more frequently used.

Jorge said he has often felt this emotion but believed that it was an aspect of empathy. He didn’t realize that there was another way of expressing this almost sad feeling. …

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