Humans of New York is famous among Internet users for sharing the sometimes inspirational, sometimes mundane stories of people who inhabit New York City — and occasionally people across the globe.
Brandon Stanton has used his Facebook page and blog to bring several issues to light, such as LGBT rights, the plight of Syrian refugees, and puts forward the fight of the underdog or people who have been hit by the roller coaster of life and have something important to share with the world.
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One such story is that of a widower, who lost his wife last January after 62 years of marriage. A passionate reader of Shakespeare sonnets, the man talks about his love with his wife, and how their lives were “linked.”
The post by HONY racked up around 1.4 million likes and nearly 268,000 shares just hours after it was posted.
“We were very physical and affectionate. But we also shared every ritual of our life. I miss her every time I leave a movie and can’t ask for her opinion. Or every time I go to a restaurant and can’t give her a taste of my chicken. I miss her most at night. We got in bed together at the same time every night,” the elderly man said.
Many people took to the post to heart and began sharing their personal stories, where they talked about finding and building a love like that.
One woman commented: “I've been with my husband since we were just kids, barely junior high age. We've now been married for 8 years and have two beautiful children and another due in March. We are best friends. My sister in law recently passed away after being married to my brother for 20 years and it has got me thinking a lot about if I were to lose him. I'm not sure I could stand it. He said it so perfectly in a text the other day after he left for work. ‘I feel lonely when I'm not with you, nobody knows what's going on in my head like you do.’ And that's exactly how I feel, and how this man must feel. 62 years. My God. What a love that must have been.”
The post and comments that followed just went to show that relationships aren’t easy, but when two people come together, a great number of compromises and immense understanding is required to make it all work.