Everybody’s a Real Person

It’s hard to keep this in mind. Every person you pass on the street, your acquaintances, even your friends and family are all real, complex, deep, confused, broken, beautiful, ugly and strange people. The woman driving badly in the car next to yours, the guy you pass when you go running, the child playing on the monkeybars at the park all live 24-hour lives, they all have or will have complicated hopes and dreams that they cannot, like you, fully articulate; and they are all (perhaps, with the exception of the child) frustrated that life is not what it “should” be.

This seems to be a very important thing to learn, internalize and keep salient in your mind as you go about your day-to-day, the ramifications are large, to say the least.

“Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did.”


Today a cat with an owner somewhere (he had a leash) came up to me and let me pet him and did that thing where they turn around and then fall on their side so you can rub their belly. It made me miss Purr.

By the way, I’m going to Kenya! If you didn’t know.


~ by justinhong on June 19, 2010.

3 Responses to “Everybody’s a Real Person”

  1. so much to say but too tired to write much except that I really believe that if we actually did SEE people and know in body not just in theory what you so beautifully articulate the world would be a bit more balanced and dare I say a happier place…..

  2. JUSSYTINS!!!!!!!! are you doing the peace corps? is it a mission trip? wuzzup?? =)

  3. You are the master at the perfect transition.

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