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  • 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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