To my most inspired and well-traveled friends,
I'd love your input on a really cool research project I was hired to work on for a book that's being put together highlighting moments between people that give us insight and inspiration regarding the commonalities we all share and the things we learn from one another throughout our lives and travels. There are many ways to go about researching and sourcing this kind of stuff, and I've been working through those channels, but I always find that the best and most precious stories are the ones that you hear from people, and I'd like to include as many items like that as possible. You, my dear community, are a vast source of amazing stories and insights that you won't find anywhere else and I'd love to include some of them in the book.
Could you take a moment to think of one (or more if you want) memory or true story from your life- something you've either experienced or been told (particularly while traveling abroad if possible) and had an experience that felt like it really gave you hope for humanity or just blew your mind in a really beautiful way? Not just a random act of kindness, but something that went a little deeper and highlighted the connections or commonalities between people, esp. in surprising or unexpected ways?
They can even just be fleeting moments between people that you've witnessed- for example:
An Egyptian family at the pyramids gives an American stranger their six-month-old baby to hold, momentarily belying the media-fueled perception of strife, craziness and anti-Americanism and suggesting the alternate perspective that most people in the world are trusting and loving of others despite their nationalities and what their leaders may try to tell them...
A Vietnamese family of four negotiating heavy Saigon street traffic on a scooter, with an infant wedged in sideways between his parents while his mom feeds him from a bottle...
An unemployed woman in Detroit dances in the street to greet morning commuters, saying if you do what you love, the rest will come. She becomes a fixture on the streets, bringing smiles to all who pass, and gets offered a job as a dancing statue of Liberty.
Names can be changed of course to maintain anonymity. Any stories, insights, beautiful moments you've experienced and don't mind sharing with me because they could be inspiring to all, etc. are much appreciated.
PS.. I do hope to get back to shooting soon! It's been quite a busy summer! Miss you all!