Most Challenging Moment

For two weeks I asked one person every day the same question: “Can you describe to me the most challenging moment of your life?”

With this question for the past two weeks, I discovered a new aspect about this project. Through this question, I realized that people actually feel comfortable talking to a random stranger about personal topics. Going into the project I thought that people would be much more reserved and be much more hesitant to tell a random stranger about his/her life. With this question, the participants certainly proved me wrong.

Each person lives a different life filled with his/her own individual defining experiences, and I think this question in specific really demonstrates to me the essence of the #14Strangers project. Check back in another two weeks for 14 more strangers.

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One Change in Life

For two weeks I asked one person every day the same question: “If you could change one past event in your life, what would it be?”

For some strange reason, these past two weeks were even more difficult than the previous times. Usually people are extremely willing to participate in my project, however this time around, it took three or four people to actually get one person to agree to join in the project. Maybe it was just beginners luck for my first video. But hey, once again, I’m really pleased with the responses I got.

I thought it was particularly interesting with this set of answers that there was only 1 person out of probably the 25 people I asked that said, “I regret nothing in my life so I don’t think I’m the one to take part in this project.” I thought that more people wouldn’t have any regrets in life, but it turns out, people really have things that they would’ve done differently. This time around, I also started to pass out sheets of paper to the participants with the URL of this project. So if I asked you a question and you are watching yourself on video right now, I salute you and apologize for having an awkward conversation with you.

Check back on April 23rd for a new round of responses to a new question. If you have a suggestion for a future question leave a comment! I’ll be going to Florida for spring break so all you Floridians out there, you better watch out, because 14 Strangers is coming to you.