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The Amazing Humans of New York

With over 8 million people, New York City is a vast and diverse city. It’s home to people from all levels of socio-economic backgrounds, cultures, races, beliefs, and challenges in their lives.

The project Humans of New York (HONY) was created by a photographer named Brandon in 2010. According to his website, his initial aim was to photograph 10,000 of New York’s residents. Slowly, the endeavor morphed as he started collecting quotes and short stories from the subject to share with the photo. “With over eight million followers on social media, HONY now provides a worldwide audience with daily glimpses into the lives of strangers in New York City,” says Brandon.

Here are some of the most powerful and moving photos from this incredible project.

Fear

The fear of disappointing those closest to us is a concern that many of us have. Sometimes, it feels like our loved ones have these huge expectations for us that we’re not sure that we can even obtain.

What’s most important, however, is that you stay true to yourself. Only you can define what success or failure looks like to you. You don’t have to conform to someone else’s standards of success!

Empathy

Caregivers, whether they are paid professionals or family members taking on the job due to familial duty, give much of themselves to do their job. No one likes being sick or unable to do things they were once able to handle on their own.

Caregiving is an important job, but it’s important to remember that you’re important too! Make sure to leave room for yourself and don’t let the negativity and challenges of others take over your worldview.

Paying it Forward

Life can be especially challenging when people go out of their way to make us feel unwelcome or that we don’t belong. But small acts of kindness can really go a long way toward helping foster justice and belonging.

Everyone can make a difference to someone else. Even things that seem small or easy to you could really uplift someone who needs it.

Everyone Deserves Success

Going to school in an underserved community can be really tough. For many kids, their dreams and potential might be wasted if they’re unlucky enough to get teachers and administrators that don’t believe they have the ability to do great things.

Ms. Lopez, the principal of the Mott Hall Bridges Academy, has made a huge impact on the lives of her students. “Ms. Lopez taught me that before a student is ready for academic training, they must be made to understand that they deserve success. And that can be the hardest battle in education,” said Brandon, the creator of Humans of New York. “Ms. Lopez always said that there was no place her students did not belong. Recently we received an invitation that proved just that.”

Talk about inspiring. After hearing about these people and their incredible stories, we’re feeling inspired to make this day a little brighter for a stranger. Let us know your thoughts and impressions in the comments.

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