Incredible. This is the word that comes to mind when I think about the voices and personalities that are here on WordPress.
In only less than a month, I’ve been deeply moved and struck by the vulnerability and joy that I feel coming through the posts I read. It’s humbling, and I’m so thankful to have discovered a community that gives as much, if not more, as they get.
It reminds me of a word from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, by John Koenig:
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—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.
The individuals I mention below write so evocatively and effectively that they make me feel like I know them in real life. Their thoughts and lives are a force of nature. […]