Sonder

I have always been so self absorbed,
And I have always my vicinity ignored,

I have never truly seen from another’s eyes,
And I only thought to look when they were my allies.

I have never wondered what they were going through,
Oh, I only ever focused on what they put me through,

But when I stop and I stare at the world passing me by,
I realize there is so much life underneath a common sky.

Each and every passerby is living their own life,
Each and every one of them is facing their own strife,

And when I stop to understand where they might be coming from,
From ill feelings and negativity I am granted freedom.

©️lightbehindthecloud (Tejasvi Kashyap)

Meaning of Sonder: The profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passed in the street, has a life as complex as one’s own, which they are constantly living despite one’s personal lack of awareness of it.

This poem was inspired by this YouTube video I watched called The Hidden Story Of Every Person, by the channel Pursuit Of Wonder

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