What’s in a Word?

What’s in a Word?

The start of every year has me thinking about words.  Not just any word, one I want to take with me through the year.  One that means something to me alone.  In the past I’ve chosen some great words with powerful meanings: be, persevere, warrior, you get the picture.  They were words to remind me of what I was working towards.  And now, when I look at them, I see the same words that many people have used for themselves.  This year I wanted something different.  A slant word that takes me outside of myself.

2016 is a few days away and I’m in a bit of a creative slump.  Both with writing and photography, I’m struggling to stay energized and inspired.  But I don’t want this to be about me.  Maybe I’m tired of looking at my navel.  Tired of my doubts.  With that in mind I stumbled across a word that stuck its claws into me––I knew it was the one.

Sonder.  (n) the realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as yours.

I love to watch people, make up stories about their lives based on what they wear or what they say.  Some people walk with a slight stutter on their left side or talk with their hands or say a word just a little different, giving me a little hint of their personality.  People tell stories in everything they do.  I want to hear them.  I want to be a witness to who they really are.  And maybe, I’ll be changed because I take time to notice others.  And just maybe, my inspiration will come from them, or maybe even you.

  • Andrea parrella

    Is that truly a word???? That is awesome!

    November 10, 2016 at 9:12 pm

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