For two weeks I asked one person every day the same question: “What was your childhood dream? And if/how are you still pursuing it?”

For these past two weeks, I realized something about the participants of this project. If you remember from this video, there was a man I spoke to that was from the Philippines. When I approached him about this project, he explained that he didn’t want to participate because his English was shoddy. I nudged him a little further and said that it was okay. I said that I could handle the translation. He was still hesitant and he didn’t want to make eye contact with me. Halfway through his video/interview, he locked eyes with me. He was talking about how he had worked in the U.S. for 27 years now. This old Filipino man was crying in the middle of Kohls.

I had never really connected up until now, how well this project inspires people to think about their own lives. Thought provoking questions make people uncover appreciation for items that they normally take for granted. I can’t interview every single one of you viewers that watch these videos. But what I can do, is inspire you to question your own life. Think about the things in your life that you take for granted.

I’m going to leave you with a message from this video’s question. You don’t need to pursue your childhood dream. But what you should always be doing, is pursuing a dream in general. There should be a constant drive in life. To accomplish something or to work towards something. To get that promotion at work or to become a surgeon. Working towards a goal in life gives life a purpose.

As always, thanks for watching and check back soon.


Best Part

For two weeks I asked one person every day the same question: “What is your favorite part about life?”

I’m sorry everyone, but I lied. I provided you with 12 Strangers this time. As you can probably imagine, it’s not too easy to communicate and explain a project to a Nicaraguan in shoddy Spanish. It’s difficult to explain 14Strangers in English, so explaining it in Spanish was even harder for me. For this video, I was only able to provide you with 12. Sorry! But I think the ones that I’ve provided make up for it.

I challenge you to answer this question. I think this was one of the hardest questions for people to answer, considering how general it is. Try to assign one thing in your life with the label “best”. It’s hard. It’s important to do this though. By forcing yourself to distinguish what you love most in life, it forces you to appreciate what you have. You don’t want to be the person that ends up saying, “I wish I appreciated this while I still had it”. So whether it’s family, food, or your friends, go tell them you appreciate them. Because this may be the only chance you get.

So for these next two weeks, appreciate your life and distinguish what is the best. And as always, check back in two weeks for more.

P.S. It took me like an hour to translate all 12 peoples’ responses. The things I do for you viewers…

Personality Change

For two weeks I asked one person every day the same question: “If you could change one thing about your personality what would it be?”

If you noticed the videos carefully, you’ll see there are two speakers that directly contrasted one another. One person said that he wishes that he was a little more reasonable with the the way he has dealt with anger while another person said that he wished he was a little more expressive with the way he has dealt with anger. The grass is always greener on the other side. Whether it’s your best friend’s outlook on life or your rich neighbor’s house, it always seems that the other person has the better position. It’s important to stop comparing oneself to anyone else. It’s even more important to realize that no matter what happens in life, there’s always a “good” and “bad” way to look at it. So for the next two weeks, instead of beating down on yourself for something you don’t like about yourself, just think that there’s someone that wishes they had those exact “fortunes” that you have.

Starting on Monday the 23rd, I’ll be traveling to Nicaragua! You’ll get to see some #14Strangers clips in spanish with english subtitles. Let me know what you thought of this weeks video and leave some possible #14Strangers that you’d like to see for Nicaraguans!