Stories in Humans that you’ll love, handpicked by our team.
'Conversations with Friends' reminded me it's okay to be human
You might've heard of Sally Rooney's honest and raw best-selling novel, Normal People, but you may not have heard of her 2017 debut novel, Conversations with friends. The latter is the story of four characters and their confusing relationships, who seem to stand on the line between right and wrong without ever getting off balance.
"And the CNN Hero of the Year for 2011 is ..."
I looked around the spacious living room. The entire administrative staff from the Bumi Sehat center was crowded in, pairs of people wedged into chairs meant for one (Indonesian style), sitting cross legged on the floor, stretched out on the massive carved Chinese teak bed or leaning against the wooden walls of the joglo, or traditional Javanese wooden house.
We Were Good Friends Until She Started Ghosting Me
Let me tell you a true story. It might be something that’s happened to you too, or you might be going through it now. I wasn’t aware there was a term for this behaviour until I read about a similar experience.
Three Days from Nowhere
We have fled the home of our ancestors with what we can carry in our hands and on our backs. My oldest child is five years old and she has no idea what horrors await her if we don't leave. Why? The Taliban are no longer coming, they are here amongst us. They began arriving in trucks a few days ago, shortly after the U. S. announced they would begin a final withdrawal by the end of August.
How Being a Plant Mom Transformed My Mindset for the Better
I used to be the worst plant mom you can imagine. My house plants always died, no matter how much I tried — or didn’t — to keep them alive. Every year, I gave this plant-owning business a try. Every year, I failed.
I used to be fake. Not in the layered cosmetics, profess to be something I’m not, “on Wednesdays we wear pink” kind of fake. I was that stealthy kind of fake; stealthy enough to slip under the radar and obscure the dramatic implications. The blank stares, eye rolling and general sideways squints from the general population made it easy to hide the parts of myself that catalyzed the aforementioned actions. If you’re inclined to provide a pass for this deceptively benign fakery, allow me to streamline: I was hiding who I was. The motivation wasn’t maleficent. The action was relatable and potentially, just … human. I wish that voided the fake, but it doesn’t. So, what does it mean to be fake or inauthentic? Why do we do it? What are the bi-products? And my favorite, what can happen when we fight the fake?
"The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane” — Mahatma Gandhi I volunteer at an assisted living facility that costs around $10,000 a month to live in. While the interior of the building is a statement in elegance with the ambience of a 5 star hotel, the exterior is reminiscent of a medieval fortress complete with stone walls and a turret. I often wonder what thoughts cross the minds of residents when they see this huge, intimidating structure for the first time.
Writing Letters to Strangers
Today I left a letter in a park for a stranger to find. It was typed on a single sheet of paper with a typewriter. It was spritzed with one of my favourite perfumes and tucked in an envelope, read me inscribed on the front.
Love Island 2021 Shows Us Some Women Need Serious Lessons in Maturity & Relationships
I have a confession to make. After a whole day of working, running errands and being a fully functioning human in general, there’s nothing I love more than sitting down and watching a bunch of young British people kiss and argue on Love Island.
Fantastic Stories and Why We Need Them
Having an actor for a father and a novel lover for a mother, you could say that stories, in all their forms, were a big part of my everyday life and as a result I grew an overactive imagination. I would constantly build new and magical worlds, create likeable characters, give them problems and challenges, and I would join them on endless adventures. As I grew older and life started taking its toll, I slowly started to lose parts of that — only parts though because if we flashforward around three decades you’d find me talking to you about this very thing.
Leap Into Ink With Me
Hobbies, everyone has them. Some knit, some skydive. Some crave relaxation, inner peace and understanding, some adventure. I have a hobby that gives me both.
For Better or For Worse
My parents are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary this month! There are not very many statistics on how many couples reach their 70th wedding anniversary but it seems clear, not very many do. At eighteen years old, my mother looked at my dad and made him the happiest man on earth by saying, I do.