Sonder; n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.

Does it ever hit you that everyone has their own thoughts, their own inner monologue, their own opinions they think inside their head but never say out loud?

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Everyone has their own experiences and feelings that no other person can even begin to understand, and no matter how hard you try to explain your inner monologue, you could never do it justice. When I fall in love with a band or a song I become completely infatuated and attached to these people that don’t even know I exist. I have all these thoughts about them racing through my mind and if someone were to ask me what I was thinking about, no arrangement of words would equate the thoughts in my mind. It’s crazy to me that people can just listen to a song or see a band in concert but not form some sort of emotional attachment to them. Two people can listen to the same song and for one, the experience of this one song could make their entire world flip upside down, but for the other it could just be any other white noise they hear on a daily basis.

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No one will ever have the same emotional experience no matter the situation. Everyone reacts to music differently and even if one, or two, or a thousand people were to build and feel an emotional attachment to the same band or song, no experience would ever be the same. Yes, they could be similar, but until you’re able to crawl into that persons mind and feel what they’re feeling, you will never truly understand their senses.

Now I’m sure you’re wondering, what does this matter? And I would be thinking the same thing too; but I guess what I’m trying to say is that even though everyone has their own unique perception of music, that one song or that one band has the power to bond completely different people together. Music can connect people no matter what they feel when they listen to it. You could like a song for one reason and another person could like it for a totally different reason, but at the end of the day you still have that one thing.

The music.

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Written by Emily Brower

Photos by Kyla Rain

 

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