Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles 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 movie《Before 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.