Friday, May 2, 2014

Inspired by...Humans of New York

> I LOVE this blog so much I follow it on Facebook. Instead of waiting til I have time to catch up on the blogs I follow, I get to see the posts immediately, and I'm always happy when there's a new one.
> It's pretty much one guy—Brandon Stanton—who approaches people in New York City, asks them if he can take their photo, then asks a couple questions, to which he gets some really amazing and insightful glimpses into the lives of people. I recently watched a video clip of part of a speech he gave at a college in Ireland where he explains his process. He seems like a down-to-earth, likable guy which makes me like the blog even more. And hearing about his process really makes you realize how important persistence is in anything we do. It was also interesting to learn how he's able to get (some) people to open up a little.
> Admittedly, I'm a guarded, private person, so I'm amazed at some of the very deeply personal things that people share with him (and everyone...the blog has over 5 million followers), but I realize those are the ones that touch me the most.
> Here are some favorites.

"If you could give one piece of advice to other kids, what would it be?" "If someone is bullying you, and you bully them back, then that makes you a bully." 
"For the longest time, I was so focused on being deaf in my left ear, that I almost forgot my other ear was perfectly fine." 
When my husband was dying, I said: "Moe, how am I supposed to live without you?" He told me: "Take the love you have for me and spread it around." 
These two were acting like complete teenagers. When I walked up, she was nuzzling her head against his shoulder. She giggled the entire time I talked with them, while he kept a big goofy grin on his face. And whenever I asked about their relationship, she clutched his arm, looked at him just like this, giggled, then said: “We’re not telling!”