K so There's not a lot of words to describe the events of this weekend. I will let the pictures do the speaking, but needless to say...It was one of the best days of my life. I can't stop smiling today, even though I have a cold and I have to teach at 8am tomorrow. It is truly amazing to see the impact a simple hug can have on so many lives. I participated in my first free hugs campaign yesterday and I can say without any doubt that is was the single best day of my life. I started around 12pm and did not stop until around 10pm. We took an hour for dinner. It was incredible seeing the smiles and laughter from people. There are so many wonderful stories to tell. My life is forever changed by this and I believe some of the people I hugged very well might have changed as well.
my new friends
It seems like with each hug I gave (and I believe that I personally gave well over 1,000) there was a story told, not with words, but with the look in there eyes and the energy I could feel and the emotions that were present...I believe some of these people needed the hug and that's what made the difference for me.
Some of the highlights: the guy with the white hair, white outfit, and little white cat ears on his head...what a good attitude, hugging the dog, all of the grandmas that would hug me back, the business men gave the most profound hugs, the little kid that held a sign for a while, the school girls that would line up to hug me (I was the only guy for a while) and take pictures (I'm definitely on a few Korean phones and digital cameras at the moment), free donuts and the guy who bought me lunch, the guy that had some Japanese sign (not for free hugs) yeah I definitely made him trade signs with me for a bit cause I felt like he needed a hug, the two guys from the military I caught hugging.
..always a proud moment, and there was one girl in particular that started crying after
she hugged Jake and I-this represented one of those moments in life
that is indescribable in the way it makes you feel...just to see tears
of joy from a simple hug was out of this world amazing and made me feel
joyous, it truly was one of the single best moments of my life, the one guy who said "but I'm not gay" and responding "well good you shouldn't have a problem hugging a stranger then," the guy who gave me his lucky poker chip, the girl who gave me 4 roses and the following 3 girls I gave the roses to and the one girl at the bar later I gave my last one to, the guy who got off of his scooter...parked i...walked over and hugged me, the brother man from Detroit (got the good ole US of A hand slap love), the two kids who literally ran to me and jumped on me, the kid who grabbed my leg and would not let go, making 12 new friends through one of the greatest events in the world, rain coming down and not slowing down a bit.
spreadin the love
..i think it actually increased the force of the hugs...must be something about dancing in the rain that make people want to give a more profound hug...... then sleeping in the subway for an hour till it starts running again followed by passing out on the subway and missing my stop by about an hour
...Just some highlights