“Sonder” by Lucia Martinez-Castro ’23

by Lucia Martinez-Castro ’23

I live in a constant state of sonder
A heavy realization, that does not come easily.

Weighing heavy in my arms
Settling in my chest
and hindering my ability to breath

The awareness that each person I walk by has a life as vivid and complex as the one I live
The awareness that

It submerges me in a sense of overwhelming unimportance
And in the midst of the multitude of others who walk this planet
I am dragged down to the depths of the murky sea
Engulfed in the fear that one day I will wither away with no one to cherish the memory of my name