Poked & Stoked
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black-culture:

"Some girl just asked me if I sold drugs. So I asked her if she sold slaves."
humansofnewyork:

"Do you remember the saddest moment of your life?""When my grandmother died. I was nine. Besides my dad, she was the only one in my family who was like this. And she was the only other person who could give me any perspective on what it was going to be like, and how to handle it."
humansofnewyork:

"I’m learning to be more careful with my words. Words that seem meaningless at the time can end up having a lot of power. Seeds that you didn’t even intend to plant can fall off you and start growing in people."
humansofnewyork:

"I’d say my saddest moment was when I got an abortion. But I’m not sure if sad is the right word, because I was young and it was definitely the right decision, but sometimes it still feels like something is missing. Like there was this space that could have been filled by someone, but I chose to leave that space empty. And now there’s just a space. Does that make sense?’
humansofnewyork:

"When I moved here, I didn’t speak any English. I started out washing dishes. Then I moved up to prep. Then one day I asked the cook if I could help make the soup, and he said: ‘No, the recipes are in English.’ But I told him, ‘Just show me once, and you’ll never have to show me again.’ So that’s how I started cooking. Now I manage the kitchen. But if my workers ever need help with the dishes, I wash the dishes."
humansofnewyork:

"Where I grew up, everyone wanted to be the hardest thug. I just want to be an Average Joe. My goal is to get to a place where I can wake up knowing that I’ll be fine if I don’t make any money today."
humansofnewyork:

"After my stepfather cheated on her, my mother really put us through hell. She tried to slit her wrists several different times. She’d wait until she was almost dead, then call the kids in the room and tell them to call the ambulance. There were eight kids, and I think it wounded all of us in a different way."
humansofnewyork:

"I had an intense mushroom trip one time where I realized that I was trying to be a lot of things that I didn’t want to be. I realized that I liked the idea of my life more than my life. So I dumped my boyfriend, dropped out of school, and went to work on organic farms."
humansofnewyork:

"Humans do everything they can to try to forget they are animals. We create these institutions and customs that deny our animal nature. Take our relationships with our parents, for example. No other animal keeps a relationship with its parents after its been raised. It’s not natural. Yet we insist, because we think that’s what makes us human. Think of the people you know. Are they happy when they go visit their parents? Is it something they naturally want to do? No. They bitch about it. But then they go anyway. Because that’s what makes them feel human."
cesated:

85% nature