About seven months ago, I saw a very intriguing picture on Facebook.
Turns out it was profile picture for Humans of New York, a blog by Brandon Stanton.
The blog catalogues Brandon’s pictures of random people on the streets of New York, and he gets them to talk about themselves. Recently Brandon also went on a tour with the UN to wartorn zones like Afghanistan and Uganda, to name a few, and the pictures he posted from there were a real eye-opener. They did more to open me up to humanity and humanity up to me, than endless news articles and documentaries have ever done. Showed me that we are all really just human beings, with our own pains and fears and hopes and dreams, trying to live life as best as we see fit.
My point, this fine Tuesday morning (when I should be working)? We could all do with a little bit of human empathy and compassion.
Can you tell that the holidays make me emotional and sappy? Urgh.
If you haven’t heard of HONY, and you care about what happens outside your own little bubble of a world, check these out:
Trust me, you’ll be glad you did!