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  • “{NYC, 6/26/19. It’s a beautiful night tonight. I hope it’s beautiful wherever you’re reading this.}
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When I was little, I lived in fear.

My single mother had me at 50 years old. No man, anonymous sperm donor, she’s a fucking queen. But I lived in fear.

I still live in fear.

As a child, I thought: What about when I lose her? What happens when she dies? When she misses my big moments? My darkest times? Finding my love? Having her grandchildren? Receiving a big award? Succeeding in life?

As a child my fears were selfish. Now my fears are “bigger,” If that makes sense.

Now I’m big, and I think: What if she hasn’t lived a happy life? Can I repair the years of heart break and damage done to her by working 40 years in a job she only worked because society told her a woman in the 60s could only work like three different jobs? Did I hold her back? Am I holding her back? How will I ever know if she’s TRULY happy? How does she want her story told?

My thoughts are a little less self-centered now. She’s 72, retired, returning to her artwork that she loves so much, making friends, dating, and traveling.

One selfish question still haunts me: what on earth will I ever do without my Mama?”
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#strangersproject #nyc #stories #strangers #whatsyourstory #participatoryart #streetart #storytelling #writing #washingtonsquarepark #sharing #storysharing #newyorkcity #connection #exhibit #publicart #story
  • “{NYC, 6/26/19. It’s a beautiful night tonight. I hope it’s beautiful wherever you’re reading this.}
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    When I was little, I lived in fear.

    My single mother had me at 50 years old. No man, anonymous sperm donor, she’s a fucking queen. But I lived in fear.

    I still live in fear.

    As a child, I thought: What about when I lose her? What happens when she dies? When she misses my big moments? My darkest times? Finding my love? Having her grandchildren? Receiving a big award? Succeeding in life?

    As a child my fears were selfish. Now my fears are “bigger,” If that makes sense.

    Now I’m big, and I think: What if she hasn’t lived a happy life? Can I repair the years of heart break and damage done to her by working 40 years in a job she only worked because society told her a woman in the 60s could only work like three different jobs? Did I hold her back? Am I holding her back? How will I ever know if she’s TRULY happy? How does she want her story told?

    My thoughts are a little less self-centered now. She’s 72, retired, returning to her artwork that she loves so much, making friends, dating, and traveling.

    One selfish question still haunts me: what on earth will I ever do without my Mama?”
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    #strangersproject #nyc #stories #strangers #whatsyourstory #participatoryart #streetart #storytelling #writing #washingtonsquarepark #sharing #storysharing #newyorkcity #connection #exhibit #publicart #story
  • 531 5 5 hours ago

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  • #QOTD: What is something that you would never have done, but you did anyways while traveling?

#wyrd #wildandweirdadventuresofab #Japan by @teachamantothink (3/3)

This extract reminds me of my latest travel to Mumbai. It is a rainy season in Mumbai currently. 
In Delhi, when it is raining we prefer to stay at whatever place we are, unless we have a cab/car available. 
In Mumbai I actually went on a scooty ride with my sister when it was raining heavily and the roads were flooded. 
This is something we could not even think of in Delhi. Not only because riding scooty in rain is risky but the flooded roads also hides all the potholes and that could cause accidents.
The roads in Mumbai were comparatively smooth and it was an amazing experience, no doubts. *Do not try this without adult supervision. (Yes, me and my sister were under supervision of our relatives, who were on the other scooty.) #travel #travelogue #japan #asia #wild #werid #adventurous #spontaneous #backpacking #strangers #newworld #culture #food #world #review #bookreview
  • #QOTD : What is something that you would never have done, but you did anyways while traveling?

    #wyrd #wildandweirdadventuresofab #Japan by @teachamantothink (3/3)

    This extract reminds me of my latest travel to Mumbai. It is a rainy season in Mumbai currently.
    In Delhi, when it is raining we prefer to stay at whatever place we are, unless we have a cab/car available.
    In Mumbai I actually went on a scooty ride with my sister when it was raining heavily and the roads were flooded.
    This is something we could not even think of in Delhi. Not only because riding scooty in rain is risky but the flooded roads also hides all the potholes and that could cause accidents.
    The roads in Mumbai were comparatively smooth and it was an amazing experience, no doubts. *Do not try this without adult supervision. (Yes, me and my sister were under supervision of our relatives, who were on the other scooty.) #travel #travelogue #japan #asia #wild #werid #adventurous #spontaneous #backpacking #strangers #newworld #culture #food #world #review #bookreview
  • 11 0 1 hour ago
  • #wyrd #wildandweirdadventuresofab #Japan by @teachamantothink (2/3)
Title: Wyrd (#1 Japan)
Author: Sasha Borya
Genre: Travelogue
Pages: 240
Publication Date: August 10, 2018
My Rating: 4 ⭐

My Review:
Wyrd: The Wild and Weird Adventures of A + B is a travelogue of two people Aleks and Boris in different parts of the world.
This particular book is a description of their travel to Japan.

The book talks in length about Japan, the culture, various locations, the people and the food around there.

I just loved the vibes of the book. It is cool, adventurous, spontaneous and humorous. Like any unplanned travel to an unknown place, with language barriers, this book is also full of realisation about cultural differences and flawed Google translations.

If you have ever been in such a situation, you will know how relatable the book is. And moreover if you are vegetarian/vegan at a place dominated by non vegetarians, then you can't stop sympathizing with the characters.

It is fun to read. The descriptions are so detailed that it actually takes the reader on a tour of Japan. Not having visited Japan myself, it has intrigued me to go there atleast once in my life.

If you love to travel, and you want to go to Japan this book will tell you honest do's and don'ts. And even if you don't want to go to Japan then this book would give you a trip in the comfort of your bed (though you can't resist the idea of going to Japan after reading it.) Checkout the author interview at https://epeolatry.in/book-reviews/2019/07/wyrd-wild-and-weird-adventures-of-ab-by-sasha-borya/ or click the link in my bio
  • #wyrd #wildandweirdadventuresofab #Japan by @teachamantothink (2/3)
    Title: Wyrd ( #1 Japan)
    Author: Sasha Borya
    Genre: Travelogue
    Pages: 240
    Publication Date: August 10, 2018
    My Rating: 4 ⭐

    My Review:
    Wyrd: The Wild and Weird Adventures of A + B is a travelogue of two people Aleks and Boris in different parts of the world.
    This particular book is a description of their travel to Japan.

    The book talks in length about Japan, the culture, various locations, the people and the food around there.

    I just loved the vibes of the book. It is cool, adventurous, spontaneous and humorous. Like any unplanned travel to an unknown place, with language barriers, this book is also full of realisation about cultural differences and flawed Google translations.

    If you have ever been in such a situation, you will know how relatable the book is. And moreover if you are vegetarian/vegan at a place dominated by non vegetarians, then you can't stop sympathizing with the characters.

    It is fun to read. The descriptions are so detailed that it actually takes the reader on a tour of Japan. Not having visited Japan myself, it has intrigued me to go there atleast once in my life.

    If you love to travel, and you want to go to Japan this book will tell you honest do's and don'ts. And even if you don't want to go to Japan then this book would give you a trip in the comfort of your bed (though you can't resist the idea of going to Japan after reading it.) Checkout the author interview at https://epeolatry.in/book-reviews/2019/07/wyrd-wild-and-weird-adventures-of-ab-by-sasha-borya/ or click the link in my bio
  • 11 1 1 hour ago
  • Here’s how it goes:

2 girls meet online, 15 years apart, completely different backgrounds and life experiences, yet both willing to stay in a hotel together for 4 nights, and even sleep in the same bed!!
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Never meeting face to face or speaking on the phone. Meeting only after checking in to the hotel.
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How do you think it turned out?
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👈🏻👈🏻👈🏻
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I think everybody has a purpose and things happen for a reason. We are put in the path of someone by no accident.
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Knowing her for only 48 hours, I shared many deep secrets that most don’t know and I had complete trust in her. .
Surrounding yourself with like minded people on purpose, makes every moment better.
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Believing in yourself and having confidence to take risks is just a snippet of the new me!
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Get out of your comfort zone & let God be in control. HE has the plan for us. Shh! Listen.......
  • Here’s how it goes:

    2 girls meet online, 15 years apart, completely different backgrounds and life experiences, yet both willing to stay in a hotel together for 4 nights, and even sleep in the same bed!!
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    Never meeting face to face or speaking on the phone. Meeting only after checking in to the hotel.
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    How do you think it turned out?
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    👈🏻👈🏻👈🏻
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    I think everybody has a purpose and things happen for a reason. We are put in the path of someone by no accident.
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    Knowing her for only 48 hours, I shared many deep secrets that most don’t know and I had complete trust in her. .
    Surrounding yourself with like minded people on purpose, makes every moment better.
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    Believing in yourself and having confidence to take risks is just a snippet of the new me!
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    Get out of your comfort zone & let God be in control. HE has the plan for us. Shh! Listen.......
  • 12 3 1 hour ago
  • Mother and daughter
  • Mother and daughter
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  • Electric forest has held a very special place in my heart for the past few years. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened in my life. It’s taught me to love myself. It’s taught me that it’s ok to be weird. Embrace what makes you different. It presented different people that have already made a significant impact in my life. It wants me to be happy. People think I’m crazy. Or they don’t understand and it’s ok. They just don’t feel the magic. Do you? •
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Full link in bio.
#electricforest2019 #magic #love #edm #plur #people #humans #strangers #fallinlove #falloutoflove #loveyourself #beauty #rothbury
  • Electric forest has held a very special place in my heart for the past few years. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened in my life. It’s taught me to love myself. It’s taught me that it’s ok to be weird. Embrace what makes you different. It presented different people that have already made a significant impact in my life. It wants me to be happy. People think I’m crazy. Or they don’t understand and it’s ok. They just don’t feel the magic. Do you? •


    Full link in bio.
    #electricforest2019 #magic #love #edm #plur #people #humans #strangers #fallinlove #falloutoflove #loveyourself #beauty #rothbury
  • 26 1 1 hour ago
  • YOU SUPPORT #STRANGERS  AT THEIR EVENTS JUST BECOS THEY PAID U MONEY.

U WERE IN PHOENIX LAST WEEK AS A GUEST  AT *JENNY'S HAIR AND FASHION SHOW.* SHE PAID U MONEY, AND U WENT TO SUPPORT HER. U DON'T EVEN KNOW HER. SHE IS A STRANGER TO U. YET, U WERE THERE TO SHOW HER SUPPORT.

IS EVERYTHING ALL ABOUT MONEY???? WHAT ABOUT BEING THERE FOR THOSE  WHO SUPPORT YOU?  I BEGGED U TO HOST MY #40THBIRTHDAY. U REFUSED TO SUPPORT ME.

I SHOWERED U WITH THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS....FOR NO REASON. AND WHEN I ASK U TO SUPPORT ME, U DON'T EVEN WANNA SUPPORT ME AT ALL.

U ACT LIKE I AM BEGGING U FOR FOOD, WATER, AIR, A PLACE TO STAY. WHAT HAVE U EVER DONE  FOR ME OR GIVEN TO ME? #NOTHING. 
AND U ARE THE ANGRY ONE.  U THINK I AM NOT ANGRY TOO? I AM ANGRY. PUT YOURSELF IN MY SHOES. U WOULD PROBABLY BE IN JAIL BY NOW IF U WERE IN MY SHOES.....FOR MURDER.  I DON'T DESERVE ANY OF THESE TREATMENT FROM U. U TREAT ME LIKE TRASH, SCUM OF THE EARTH, SHIT, CRAP.

U IGNORE MY MESSAGES EVERY FUCKING DAY. U SHUN, IGNORE, DISS, SNUB ME EVERYDAY.  U WON'T EVEN REPLY ME. U TREAT ME LIKE TRASH!!! @iam_vanvicker
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  • YOU SUPPORT #STRANGERS AT THEIR EVENTS JUST BECOS THEY PAID U MONEY.

    U WERE IN PHOENIX LAST WEEK AS A GUEST AT *JENNY'S HAIR AND FASHION SHOW.* SHE PAID U MONEY, AND U WENT TO SUPPORT HER. U DON'T EVEN KNOW HER. SHE IS A STRANGER TO U. YET, U WERE THERE TO SHOW HER SUPPORT.

    IS EVERYTHING ALL ABOUT MONEY???? WHAT ABOUT BEING THERE FOR THOSE WHO SUPPORT YOU? I BEGGED U TO HOST MY #40THBIRTHDAY . U REFUSED TO SUPPORT ME.

    I SHOWERED U WITH THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS....FOR NO REASON. AND WHEN I ASK U TO SUPPORT ME, U DON'T EVEN WANNA SUPPORT ME AT ALL.

    U ACT LIKE I AM BEGGING U FOR FOOD, WATER, AIR, A PLACE TO STAY. WHAT HAVE U EVER DONE FOR ME OR GIVEN TO ME? #NOTHING .
    AND U ARE THE ANGRY ONE. U THINK I AM NOT ANGRY TOO? I AM ANGRY. PUT YOURSELF IN MY SHOES. U WOULD PROBABLY BE IN JAIL BY NOW IF U WERE IN MY SHOES.....FOR MURDER. I DON'T DESERVE ANY OF THESE TREATMENT FROM U. U TREAT ME LIKE TRASH, SCUM OF THE EARTH, SHIT, CRAP.

    U IGNORE MY MESSAGES EVERY FUCKING DAY. U SHUN, IGNORE, DISS, SNUB ME EVERYDAY. U WON'T EVEN REPLY ME. U TREAT ME LIKE TRASH!!! @iam_vanvicker
    @iam_vanvicker
    @iam_vanvicker
    @iam_vanvicker
  • 1 0 2 hours ago
  • I don’t think I’ve posted this here before, though I’ve taught this poem and have posted others by Naomi Shihab Nye, one of my favorite #poets. I’m reading Slaughterhouse Five right now and got to the part where Vonnegut talks about how he studied anthropology back when they taught that everyone was essentially the same. And then yesterday I was talking to @moeller.caroline about #plants, and how transformative keeping something alive can be, helping it to grow, and how I’d had to abandon a beloved aloe more than a decade ago in Texas when I moved to California. And I thought of this poem, of traveling with a plant, and then the #hope in this poem, the #misunderstanding, and how it is so much about a willingness to #engage with other people in the world, people who are different than us but have just as much worth and right to be in the world, which sometimes means being somewhere that they are #strangers. Means being somewhere they are not always understood and not always trusted. And I wanted to share. #poem #poetry #airports #naomishihabnye #palestine #palestinian #prosepoetry #immigration #immigrants #refugees #human #humanity #sharedhumanity. #travel #traveling #trust #women
  • I don’t think I’ve posted this here before, though I’ve taught this poem and have posted others by Naomi Shihab Nye, one of my favorite #poets . I’m reading Slaughterhouse Five right now and got to the part where Vonnegut talks about how he studied anthropology back when they taught that everyone was essentially the same. And then yesterday I was talking to @moeller.caroline about #plants , and how transformative keeping something alive can be, helping it to grow, and how I’d had to abandon a beloved aloe more than a decade ago in Texas when I moved to California. And I thought of this poem, of traveling with a plant, and then the #hope in this poem, the #misunderstanding , and how it is so much about a willingness to #engage with other people in the world, people who are different than us but have just as much worth and right to be in the world, which sometimes means being somewhere that they are #strangers . Means being somewhere they are not always understood and not always trusted. And I wanted to share. #poem #poetry #airports #naomishihabnye #palestine #palestinian #prosepoetry #immigration #immigrants #refugees #human #humanity #sharedhumanity . #travel #traveling #trust #women
  • 32 3 2 hours ago
  • Here’s what I know... People are good AND sometimes serendipitous things just happen. Like when you meet a random stranger while you’re away on holiday and you share a beautiful conversation like you’ve known each other for ages. Kinda like what happened to me yesterday when I sat at the pool bar in Vegas to get out of the heat and do some work. And the lovely bartender and I chatted for what felt like hours, talking spirituality and family and past lives and astrology and books—all the things that bring me immense joy. And when I showed up at the pool again today, she was just starting her shift. And when I went over to offer a hug and a thank you for yesterday’s chat, she reached into her bag and said she had something for me. And this is what it was...a beautiful palo santo stick that’s used to cleanse your spiritual space. Such a thoughtful gift from a perfect stranger. Just more proof that good people are all around us. All the time. So thank you @_jaclene_ for your thoughtfulness, your time, and this gift. I’m so glad we made the connection
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#thekindnessofstrangers #palosanto #peoplearegood #palosantowood #connection #strangers #positivity #goodpeople
  • Here’s what I know... People are good AND sometimes serendipitous things just happen. Like when you meet a random stranger while you’re away on holiday and you share a beautiful conversation like you’ve known each other for ages. Kinda like what happened to me yesterday when I sat at the pool bar in Vegas to get out of the heat and do some work. And the lovely bartender and I chatted for what felt like hours, talking spirituality and family and past lives and astrology and books—all the things that bring me immense joy. And when I showed up at the pool again today, she was just starting her shift. And when I went over to offer a hug and a thank you for yesterday’s chat, she reached into her bag and said she had something for me. And this is what it was...a beautiful palo santo stick that’s used to cleanse your spiritual space. Such a thoughtful gift from a perfect stranger. Just more proof that good people are all around us. All the time. So thank you @_jaclene_ for your thoughtfulness, your time, and this gift. I’m so glad we made the connection
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    #thekindnessofstrangers #palosanto #peoplearegood #palosantowood #connection #strangers #positivity #goodpeople
  • 31 1 5 hours ago
  • “{NYC, 6/26/19. It’s a beautiful night tonight. I hope it’s beautiful wherever you’re reading this.}
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When I was little, I lived in fear.

My single mother had me at 50 years old. No man, anonymous sperm donor, she’s a fucking queen. But I lived in fear.

I still live in fear.

As a child, I thought: What about when I lose her? What happens when she dies? When she misses my big moments? My darkest times? Finding my love? Having her grandchildren? Receiving a big award? Succeeding in life?

As a child my fears were selfish. Now my fears are “bigger,” If that makes sense.

Now I’m big, and I think: What if she hasn’t lived a happy life? Can I repair the years of heart break and damage done to her by working 40 years in a job she only worked because society told her a woman in the 60s could only work like three different jobs? Did I hold her back? Am I holding her back? How will I ever know if she’s TRULY happy? How does she want her story told?

My thoughts are a little less self-centered now. She’s 72, retired, returning to her artwork that she loves so much, making friends, dating, and traveling.

One selfish question still haunts me: what on earth will I ever do without my Mama?”
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#strangersproject #nyc #stories #strangers #whatsyourstory #participatoryart #streetart #storytelling #writing #washingtonsquarepark #sharing #storysharing #newyorkcity #connection #exhibit #publicart #story
  • “{NYC, 6/26/19. It’s a beautiful night tonight. I hope it’s beautiful wherever you’re reading this.}
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    When I was little, I lived in fear.

    My single mother had me at 50 years old. No man, anonymous sperm donor, she’s a fucking queen. But I lived in fear.

    I still live in fear.

    As a child, I thought: What about when I lose her? What happens when she dies? When she misses my big moments? My darkest times? Finding my love? Having her grandchildren? Receiving a big award? Succeeding in life?

    As a child my fears were selfish. Now my fears are “bigger,” If that makes sense.

    Now I’m big, and I think: What if she hasn’t lived a happy life? Can I repair the years of heart break and damage done to her by working 40 years in a job she only worked because society told her a woman in the 60s could only work like three different jobs? Did I hold her back? Am I holding her back? How will I ever know if she’s TRULY happy? How does she want her story told?

    My thoughts are a little less self-centered now. She’s 72, retired, returning to her artwork that she loves so much, making friends, dating, and traveling.

    One selfish question still haunts me: what on earth will I ever do without my Mama?”
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    #strangersproject #nyc #stories #strangers #whatsyourstory #participatoryart #streetart #storytelling #writing #washingtonsquarepark #sharing #storysharing #newyorkcity #connection #exhibit #publicart #story
  • 531 5 5 hours ago
  • Had to talk about this celebrity bias we have! Guys hate to break it to ya but celebrities are STRANGERS!!! Point Blank! You don’t know them! How many family secrets you got going on in your household don’t nobody know about? Exactly! We don’t KNOW these people so we can’t be shocked when they do some regular people type shit! #Jokes #Comedy #Smile #Laugh #RKelly #CelebrityBias #Biases #Strangers
  • Had to talk about this celebrity bias we have! Guys hate to break it to ya but celebrities are STRANGERS!!! Point Blank! You don’t know them! How many family secrets you got going on in your household don’t nobody know about? Exactly! We don’t KNOW these people so we can’t be shocked when they do some regular people type shit! #Jokes #Comedy #Smile #Laugh #RKelly #CelebrityBias #Biases #Strangers
  • 21 4 5 hours ago