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  • I give up.

  • Way too difficult.

  • I just stood there next to her.

  • And I couldn't do anything.

  • I couldn't even speak to her.

  • Oh my god, Eric!

  • Come on!

  • Hey guys, I'm Eric.

  • I recently moved to New York, and it's a little hard to make friends here.

  • Everyone's always in a rush.

  • People are hard to talk to.

  • I don't know.

  • I feel like I'm, maybe it's my fault.

  • I feel like I'm intruding.

  • Or like I don't know what to talk to people about... so...

  • I just don't feel like I'm connecting with anyone, so I'm just gonna break my wall, and I'm gonna try to make more friends today by talking to 100 strangers.

  • Huh, this is so scary, okay.

  • Eric, you can just talk to people.

  • How's it going, man?

  • Hey man, how's it going?

  • Good, how are you?

  • Is it cool if I sit here?

  • Yeah, go ahead.

  • Oh, cool man.

  • I'm just trying to meet people.

  • You play chess?

  • Nah, I don't wanna...

  • You don't, no?

  • Yeah, I'm just having a quite lunch.

  • Quiet lunch?

  • Alright, dude, it's good, it's good.

  • I'm Eric. Nice to meet you.

  • I'm eating, you see?

  • Don't talk to people while they eat.

  • Don't talk when people are eating?

  • Okay, okay.

  • I'm sorry. Nice to meet you, though.

  • Who do I talk to, man?

  • I don't think anybody wants to talk to me.

  • Hey guys, what's up?

  • Hello.

  • Are you guys from here?

  • Yeah.

  • Yeah? I'm new.

  • I'm sorry to make this awkward.

  • I've been here like two months.

  • Trying to make friends.

  • So I'm literally just going to the park.

  • And, like, talking to people.

  • It's really awkward.

  • Grab a seat!

  • Yeah, really?

  • Yeah, of course!

  • Awe, you guys are the best.

  • Alright, I'm gonna do it.

  • No, it's cool. I didn't have friends here for like three months.

  • So I get it.

  • I'm Julie.

  • Eric, nice to meet you.

  • Where'd you moved from?

  • I moved from Philly.

  • Oh nice, so not too far.

  • Yeah, yeah, yeah.

  • Is it cool if I sit down?

  • Uh, yeah, I only have ten minutes, but...

  • Perfect.

  • What are you reading?

  • Everything, Everything.

  • What's that about?

  • A girl has like a disease, and she can't leave her house, and she falls in love with the guy next door.

  • Are you guys...

  • Do you want to eat something?

  • Yeah, sure.

  • Where are you guys from, Israel?

  • Yeah.

  • No way. I just went on Birthright.

  • Is it cool if I watch?

  • Oh, please do.

  • Oh, dude, thank you guys.

  • Can I hear a poem?

  • Um, I'll write you one if you want.

  • Yeah, man.

  • How did you get in to juggling?

  • I just saw somebody do it in the beginning, and then I started balancing things on my face and juggling.

  • Where do you go to school?

  • Parsons.

  • Oh, that's awesome.

  • Yeah.

  • Design stuff?

  • Yep, design and technology.

  • That's crazy.

  • I don't think I've ever met a butcher before.

  • I actually did pre-med at Cornell.

  • Whoa.

  • And then a master's program at Columbia.

  • Jesus. Oh my god.

  • You're smart as hell.

  • Dude, if you ever want to jump in...

  • We're working through Macbeth right now as an ensemble.

  • We're trying to really develop this without a director.

  • I'd love to sometime, maybe take a lesson or something.

  • Do you guys have cards?

  • Or just, I'll find you.

  • I'll give you my number.

  • Yeah, let me get your number.

  • How did you decide to just start like this, like writing poems on the street?

  • Have you ever seen the movieBefore Sunrise》?

  • No, I have not.

  • It's got Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, and it's just them like having a conversation for 2 hours.

  • Yeah.

  • And at one point, they're walking along the river, and this guy accosts them and says, "Hey, let me write you a poem."

  • And I was like, "Oh, I could do that."

  • And so the next day, I went out and I made this stupid sign

  • Dude, this is gettin' easy.

  • I'm getting good at this.

  • The next few hours were incredible.

  • I met so many interesting people and I hope this video can lessen the stigma behind talking to strangers because it truly is eye-opening.

  • I mean, strangers fed me a bagel, okay?

  • And there was just so much positive energy and joy.

  • Everyone was laughing, having a good time, and I ended up adding 100 people on Instagram, who I genuinely want to stay in touch with.

  • I know this is getting cheesy, but I experienced something awesome, and I hope everyone can see how much love this world has to offer.

  • I just feel like I'm in love with strangers now.

  • I just want to talk to strangers all the time.

  • Just like, how's it going man?

  • Good, excited days.

  • Yay! Good, good, good.

I give up.

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I Became Friends With 100 Strangers In A Day

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    Jerry posted on 2018/01/19
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