Ever Wonder If There's A Word For Your Existential Thoughts? This Guy Probably Invented It.

You're the protagonist. And so is he. And so is she.

We're all wrapped up in our own heads. As far as life is concerned, it's our world and everyone else is living in it. We're the center of the universe and other people orbit around us — the distance of their orbit's circumference entirely dependent on how close we are to that person.

This isn't to say that everyone is a self-centered a**hole. Many of course care about other people, but the reality of being aware of yourself is that in a sense, you're writing your own story. When you consider others and how much they matter to you, it's that qualifier that's key — who they are in relation to you.

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is a YouTube channel born originally out of a Tumblr started by John Koenig that explores concepts like this by stamping them with made-up words. It's all about tackling feelings of existentialism and, well, obscure sorrows and giving them a little tangibility.


So what's the word for the realization that everyone has a story?


"You are the main character."

"You're surrounded by your supporting cast."

"There in the background, faint and out of focus, are the extras."

"The random passersby."

"Each living a life as vivid and complex as your own."

"When your life moves onto the next scene, theirs flickers in place."

"You might appear only once, as an extra."

Feeling existential yet? Watch the full video below:


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