n. frustration with how long it takes to get to know someone—spending the first few weeks chatting in their psychological entryway, with each subsequent conversation like entering a different anteroom, each a little closer to the center of the house—wishing instead that you could start there and…
Start there first.
by reader Karin Josephine
gnossienne - n. a moment of awareness that someone you’ve known for years still has a private and mysterious inner life, and somewhere in the hallways of their personality is a door locked from the inside, a stairway leading to a wing of the house that you’ve never fully explored—an unfinished attic that will remain maddeningly unknowable to you, because ultimately neither of you has a map, or a master key, or any way of knowing exactly where you stand.
sonder, n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.
My video SONDER | THE DICTIONARY OF OBSCURE SORROWS has been featured on Vimeo’s Staff Picks. Written, edited and narrated by John Koenig. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s awesome in fullscreen.
This is one of the most beautiful videos I’ve seen.