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Monday, October 14

HONY- inspiration.

so i was looking through all of the Yahoo news stories today, as i normally do about once a month, i happened upon an article about HONY - Humans of New York. and if you don't know what that is, you should.

basically, there's a man named Brandon who lives in New York that goes around asking people to take their photo - and sometimes asking them questions as well. and their answers are everything from mundane to the most inspirational thing you have ever heard. i figured i'd share some of my favorites.

This is such a cool story. About a month ago, I posted a photo of Ricky and Doris. At that time, all I knew was that Ricky was a puppeteer, and he had become good friends with Doris while performing in the park. He loved her so much that he honored her by creating her own puppet. (Top photo). I always assumed that Doris was a woman of very few words. Because every time I tried to speak with her, she smiled, and nodded, but never spoke back. Ready for the kicker?
I ran into Doris a few nights ago in Washington Square Park. And she spoke to me! Clear as day. In fact, she had quite a lot to say. Turns out, she had just gotten out of surgery to fix her vocal cords. For a full year, she had been unable to speak, because a shoulder injury had pinched a nerve in her throat. So you know what that means?
That means that Ricky and Doris had developed this amazing friendship without Doris even being able to talk. To make the moment even more magical, Ricky’s friend was nearby that night. He pulled out a cellphone, and gave Ricky a call. The bottom photo shows Ricky and Doris speaking for the very first time. 

"My daughter lives in Pennsylvania. She’s working at a nursing home and studying to be an accountant. She’s my pride and joy."

"Does she know you’re homeless?"
"No, she’s got enough to worry about. I just tell her that I’m retired."

"I know there is corruption in America. But I have lived here for a year, and have not seen it. In Kyrgyzstan, corruption is everywhere. You can not do anything without corruption. To send your child to school, to apply for a job, you must pay a bribe. If there is a car accident in America, the police and insurance companies determine who is at fault. If there is a car accident in Kyrgyzstan, the person with less money or less power is at fault. In Kyrgyzstan, if you build a business, you can do everything right, and pay all your taxes, and still have it taken away. In America, if you do everything right, it belongs to you."

"I try to spew my thoughts for ten minutes everyday."

inspiring, right?
if you're ever feeling down on humanity, go check out his website: HONY.

happy monday, all!


  1. I've HEARD about this but never looked into it - thanks for sharing, I am in AWE of the people and their stories.


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