Mindstyle monday: met je neus op de feiten

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Al eerder vertelde ik dat ik fan ben van de Facebook pagina van Humans of New York. Een Facebook pagina van een fotograaf die dagelijks de ‘normale mens’ op de foto zet in New York met hierbij een gedeelte van hun levensverhaal, missie, levensmotto etc. Op dit moment reist de fotograaf van deze Facebook pagina de wereld over en fotografeert overal mensen en hun bijzondere verhalen.

Wat ik zo ontzettend mooi vind is dat hij met fotografie een beeld schetst van de normale mens op deze wereld. Zo fotografeerde hij een aantal dagen in Irak. Als ik aan Irak denk kan ik mij niet voorstellen, na alle nieuwsberichten, hoe je in zo’n land een normaal leven kan leiden. Maar ook op deze Facebook pagina blijkt wel dat alle mensen hetzelfde willen. Vrijheid, veiligheid, gezondheid en een leven omringt met de mensen van wie je houdt.

Neem vandaag eens de tijd om deze verhalen te lezen. Hier op mijn blog of op de Facebook pagina zelf. Sommige foto’s brachten een lach op mijn gezicht, anderen een brok in mijn keel maar wat voel je je dankbaar na het zien van deze foto’s en het lezen van de prachtige, mooie, trieste, oneerlijke verhalen.



“What’s the most important thing your mother has taught you?”
“If you buy food, you should always eat it with someone else.”


“I row 16 kilometers per day. A few weeks ago, I was in Germany for the Junior World Championships. My goal is to make the Olympics one day. But it can be tough to compete with the European countries. We don’t have the gym equipment that they have. And they practice with actual racing boats. We only get to use the racing boats during the race.”


“I want to be an engineer.”
“What advice would you give other engineers?”
“If you build a house that collapses, you’re going to get arrested. So you need to keep using the pendulum to make sure that everything is straight. Also, your cement mix has to be strong. You also need to be careful with the builders that you hire, or they will steal the cement from you.”
“What sort of building would you build?”
“A factory that makes new books, so that everyone can have new books for school. All of my books are old and have writing in them.”


“I’ve sold fish in the market for the last thirty years, because I never had the chance to go to university. Recently my daughter graduated from Makerere, which is one of the best schools in the country. When I walked through the gates to attend her graduation, I felt so happy, because I never thought I’d see the inside of a university.”


“Do you remember the happiest moment of your life?”
“One day, I was sent home from my final exams because my mother had not been able to pay the registration fees. On the way home, a man came up to me and asked what was wrong. ‘Nothing,’ I told him. He asked me again. So I told him that I’d been sent home from school. He then gave me the money I needed to take my exams. I’d never seen him before, and I’ve never seen him again.”


“They sometimes ask me about their grandmother, and I only tell them about the good times. I don’t want to worry them with all the things my mother and I had to go through when I was growing up.”
“What’s your fondest memory of your mother?
“We were so poor that every day she’d have to go out and try to find us some food. And on the days when she came home empty handed, she’d help us forget our hunger by putting on music and dancing for us.”



“Even if you punish her, she’s singing two minutes later.”


“I want to be a lawyer.”


“When they don’t think I’m watching, they do the funniest things. They are always dancing together. I found them in the kitchen yesterday, pretending to cook.”
“What’s your greatest worry as a parent?”
“Their health. They’re always getting sick from the cold and the dust. Sometimes the dust gets so bad, they lose their voices.”



“What is your biggest dream?”
“To have my own house. With two stories.”


“I’d like them to be ministers or business people. But this one is supposed to start school this year, and I don’t have the money to send him.” 
(Kasangulu, Democratic Republic of Congo)


“I’m studying law. My dream is to be a judge one day. Too many people in this country are only in prison because they were too poor to defend themselves. When I’m a judge, I’ll look only at the facts, and not at the person.”


“I want to discover the cure for Ebola.”



“He lived with his mother in Gaza when he was very young. One night, I talked to him on the phone before bedtime, and he told me he was wearing three pairs of pants to bed. I said: ‘Three pairs of pants? Why aren’t you in your pajamas?’ He told me: ‘Because I want my body to hold together if a bomb falls on me.'” 


“How did I become a community leader? Every time there’s a wedding, I go to say ‘Congratulations.’ Every time there’s a funeral, I go to say: ‘I’m sorry.'”


“My brother went to college in America, and it was very hard for my parents to send him there. My father worked two jobs. I’d always hear him talking to my mother about money troubles. So when I graduated from high school, I went straight to work, to help pay for my brother’s school. I never resented it, because I knew he was more intelligent than me, and he deserved it. But now he has a great job in Australia, and I wish that I’d gone to college. But you know what? That same brother married into a family with two sisters. He married the older sister. And at the wedding, I met the younger sister, we danced, and now we are married. Her name means ‘angel,’ and she is my angel. And I tell her every day that she’s better than being a millionaire. So my brother got his job. And I got my wife.” 


“We’re trying to get to Grandma’s.”


“What are your hopes for them?”
“We left our hopes back in Syria.”



“I’m living a good life. I’m a business owner. A lot of hotels say, ‘Come shine shoes for us. We will pay you better.’ I tell them: ‘Why would I do that? I am free.’” 


“We just want to be together and not be afraid.”


“Swimming is the greatest thing in life. If we have time, we swim ten times per day.”


“I worry about the day they start to want things that I can’t afford.”


“I would give my soul if I could fix her brain.”

Wat leven er toch mooie mensen op deze wereld <3

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15 reacties

  • Reageren
    1 september 2014

    Wow! Wat moet je daar nou op zeggen?

  • Reageren
    1 september 2014

    Wauw! Sprakeloos idd!

  • Reageren
    1 september 2014

    Heel erg mooi! Ik kende dit nog niet, dus heel hartelijk dank voor het delen!

  • Reageren
    1 september 2014

    Wow. Het is zo normaal om het hier ‘goed’ te hebben, dat we inderdaad veel te vaak vergeten dat het helemaal niet normaal is. Het is ook echt heel treffend om te zien waar die mensen blij van worden, en hoeveel sommige mensen ‘hier’ nodig hebben om blij te zijn. Ik ga de facebookpagina volgen!

  • Reageren
    1 september 2014

    Inderdaad echt prachtige foto’s en verhalen!

  • Reageren
    1 september 2014

    Wauw, wat een prachtig initiatief!

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    1 september 2014

  • Reageren
    1 september 2014

    Wauw wauw wauw.. no words!

  • Reageren
    1 september 2014

    Wauw, zulke mooie verhalen en foto’s. Het zet je met beide benen op de grond en dat is goed. We beseffen ons vaak genoeg niet hoe goed we het hebben.

  • Reageren
    1 september 2014

    “What are your hopes for them?”
    “We left our hopes back in Syria.”


  • Reageren
    1 september 2014

    Zo erg mooi hé! :) ik lees de pagina ook :-)

  • Reageren
    1 september 2014

    Prachtig geschreven, ik ga mezelf meteen even aanmelden bij de pagina want ik vind dit zo mooi!

  • Reageren
    1 september 2014

    Wauw, ben er stil van.

  • Reageren
    1 september 2014

    Wauw wat een mooie foto’s en verhalen! Ik ga over twee maanden naar Uganda voor vier maanden vrijwilligerswerk dus dit doet me wel wat :)

  • Reageren
    3 september 2014

    Ik heb het boek van Humans of NY gekocht. Prachtige foto’s. Maar deze foto’s zijn veel indrukwekkender.

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