Inaugural Post of Sonder

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Well isn’t this exciting! I’m sitting at my desk writing my very first blog post and you’re on the other side of the screen reading it! Hello friend!

So why are you here? What makes me different from the hundreds of other millennials starting a blog?

The truth is, maybe I’m not so different. We’re a part of such an amazing, hopeful, can-do generation.

Enter the idea of sonder…

“n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness— …thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra…in the background…” — The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

I love this philosophy because it seems so simple on the surface, but the layers only go deeper once you actually start to think about it. It’s so hard to truly conceptualize.

We get so wrapped up in our own lives that we think we’re so special. We’re so different. We’re so unique. No one understands us. Is all of that just an illusion?

This is just one reason why I wanted to write to the people of the internet. Why I want to write to you. We’re not so different, you and me, but yet we’re not one and the same. We’re all flesh and bone, but we do have an individuality. Everyone wants to change the world but we have our own ideas of how we’re going to do so. We need to inspire one another. I made Sweet Tea Epiphany as a place to do just that. I wanted a place of insight and friendship, a place to share my story and to get to know a part of yours. I want to inspire you to chase your dreams and change the world because I know you can.

I don’t want to sit at my desk and write out my thoughts just for the sake of having my name out there. I want to interact. I’m an engineering student. We’re socially awkward by nature. Well, the stereotype is true for me at least. But here, I can process without interruption. I can share my opinions and hear the same from you. That’s one thing I learned by studying engineering- collaboration is key.

So did I ever answer the question of what makes me different? Yes and no. I don’t need to be different. I’m living my life and you’re living yours. I started this blog for our lives to intersect for a moment. You be a part of my story and I’ll be a part of yours. We’ll collaborate and change the world together.

I hope you can relate to what I post and find that you’re not alone in life. You’re never alone in anything you go through. Now that can sound creepy (I can definitely feel that vibe), but it also means that there’s someone out there who made it through. They survived. You know that saying “this too shall pass” ? A friend on Facebook shared that saying the other day, but with a little addendum…

This too shall pass. It may pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass.

Now go out and live your life. I’m rooting for you. Thank you for being a part of this adventure of mine.

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