The creator of Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton, has photographed over 10,000 random strangers on the streets. He has never met them before, and asks to take a photograph and hear their story. He began publishing the stories and photographs online, and quickly gained fame for his raw and inspiring sneak peek into the lives of the people around us.
We pass these same people, same strangers on the streets every day, but don’t ask about who they are or what they want out of life. We don’t ask why they are sitting at the bus stop or in the stuffy laundromat. We simply sit down next to them, perhaps give them a smile or perhaps just check our phone for messages, but Stanton goes out of his way to ask about their lives.
The insights have led to a very popular website and even a published book. We love to see into the lives of others…even if we don’t always like to ask them ourselves.
So, when these two lovely ladies showed up on the front page, the internet went wild. There wasn’t a long, drawn out story about why they were sitting there on that bench. We don’t know their names or their backstories. They had this to say:
We don’t have any hobbies. But we do try to get together a few times a month to judge people and complain about things.”
And we exploded in the comments section, sharing the post over 150,000 times in just a few days. I think that deep down, a lot of people want to be these women when they grow up.
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