Being an extra

The first entry in The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows’ web series: ‘Sonder’.

In the past, that feeling of realising everyone around me has their own life, their own network of friends, family, work, habits, etc has been what has thrilled and amazed me. But, as I watched this video, I became aware of the other side of that: me as an ‘extra’ in other people’s lives. That I might be in a plane flying over someone else’s head, waiting in queue with someone, browsing the same book online, etc. The world is really very, very full of ‘stuff’. How does it all stay afloat?