I've spent the past 3 years asking strangers to sit with me and write something about their life. Around 5000 of them have so far! Now it's my turn to share... AMA!
I've been getting a lot of questions lately, so I thought I'd try this out!
After finishing college I was sitting outside of a cafe with nothing to that day. While watching strangers walk past, I wondered if they would stop and share something about their life with a stranger. I took a marker and my notebook and make a sign that said "Hi there! I'm collecting your stories. Please stop and share!" People stopped right away, and I had so much fun I did it again. And again. And now I have over 5000 stories written from strangers all over the country!
People have shared funny stories, tragic stories, surprising stories. It's led to some amazing experiences, and I'd love to share them with you.
Here's some pictures of me collecting and a VERY small sample of some of the stories: http://imgur.com/a/5bUOT
I also post stories and other content at the project's website: http://strangersproject.com
Pre-Edits-Edit... 1?: Here are some of the story collections that came up:
Veterans' Stories: http://imgur.com/a/0g39R
Stories from older folk: http://imgur.com/a/J30jC
A SMALL collection of stories that stand out to me: http://imgur.com/a/Ktt3S
Edit 1: You can share your own story here (typed or scanned) if you want! Share Your Story
Edit 2: For those asking about specific stories, I'm looking for specifics to reply with right now! http://i.imgur.com/yVKnW8S.jpg
Edit 3: Whew, I'm back from finding specific stories. Answers coming now!
Edit 4: It's my birthday in a few days. Could you guys all ask me more questions as my present? I'm having a ton of fun doing this.
Edit 5: I'm going to go ask Zach Braff if he will write a story. Edit 5.5: Done
Edit 6: East coasters coming home from work: Hello! Please swing by and ask me a question. I'm dedicated my whole life to this project and this AMA has been a lot of fun and I'd love to answer more questions! Also, hi there. Edit 6.5: If you don't have a question, I'll ask one for you! I'm really that nice.
Edit 6.5.5: Or I'll ask you a question!
Edit 7: Guys we are SO close to beating "Zach Braff's" AMA, Whoever that is...
Edit 8: Everyone this has been such an awesome day. I want to keep doing this. How do I get about 1000 more upvotes? I've got a cat around here somewhere. Help me help you.
Edit 9: Cool! cool cool cool. I see we are doing the trojan horse approach to the front page. Everyone just make this seem like a mediocre IAMA and then FLOOD WIT UPVOTES at 8PM EST!
Edit 10: How many edits are too many edits? I hope it's not ten. But anyways I hope you have some more questions. I bet we could be friends.
Edit 11 (March 8th, 7:45AM EST): Hey all! I fell asleep last night and woke up to a bunch of amazing new questions, emails, and stories in my inbox! I'm going to continue answering, feel free to ask new questions!