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cat Im not really a cat
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by cat (Thomas)

Your life is complex

You have your own memories, experiences, ideas, hopes, expectations, friends, supporters, and people you love. All of these are carefully crafted around you, the main event in your life.

And now, you see someone across the street.

You don't even make eye contact, you just notice them from afar. And, that's the last time you will ever see them again.

But now, what about that person's life?

What if that person had a life and difficult and complex as your own? What if they had their own memories, experiences, ideas, hopes, expectations, friends, and supporters?

But, who are they to you?

They have their difficulties and hardships, their own loved ones, and their own hopes for the future. But to you, they are just the person you saw while crossing the street.

And, who are you to them?

To them, you are just the person that saw while getting on the bus. They probably didn't even take notice to you. But, you were right next to them, with a life just as complex as their own.

You'll never know

You'll never know their past, their struggles, or their dreams. And they'll never know yours. You both have lived lives and have dreamt dreams. But, you'll never know.

You'll never know

You'll never know anything more than the shoes they were wearing or the color of their hair. You'll never know their mind or their soul, just their outfit and what bus they take to get to work.


Everyone has so much to offer, to say, to do. But, you won't know any of it. Their life is a complex web, and to them, you are just the guy they saw crossing the street. No dreams, no hopes.


(n.) the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.

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