“I’ve got it all figured out. Just let time go by and try not to think about very much.” (São Paulo, Brazil)
“I was voted the first in my pack! Everybody got one vote, except for me, because another girl decided to vote for me.
“The cocaine made me feel important. I thought I was always right. I was fighting a lot of people. I was cheating on my wife.
“When I started being a father, I wasn’t ready. Things are great now but I struggled with substance abuse for a long time.
“My father left us when I was two. The last time I saw him was my fifth grade graduation. I do know he’s alive because I found him on Facebook.
“I’ve been doing construction since I was fifteen. I like what I do and I do what I like. Every night when I’m heading home, I always look back to see what I’ve built.
Today in microfashion… (São Paulo, Brazil)
“Both of us are widowers. We met last year at a dance for seniors. He treats me so much better than my husband ever did.
“He didn’t begin speaking until the age of seven. He used to hide everywhere. I’d scream for him but he wouldn’t respond to anything.
“I was raised in a non-religious family, but certain experiences in life have caused me to connect with something that I can’t explain.
“She was my first crush as a kid. We were in the same class together, and she sat by the window, so I’d always pretend that I was staring at the tree outside.
“I knew it would be a girl. I had a dream that I was holding a girl.” (Bariloche, Argentina)
“I grew up in a rural town. I was the only girl in the family. Being a girl back then represented a lot of ‘no’s.’ I wanted to study English, the answer was ‘no.’ I wanted to play guitar, the answer was ‘no.’ I wanted to date a boy, the answer was ‘no.’ I felt like there was a barrier separating me from life.
“My brother shot himself last November. He always viewed himself as my superior. He’d never come to my door when he visited.
“We’ve gone forty years without insulting each other. There have been fights, but never insults.” (Bariloche, Argentina)
“He proposed to me twenty times over the past forty years, but I kept saying ‘no.’ We were doing just fine without the paper.
“We met on the Internet four months ago. Both of us are divorced. It’s been forty years since I felt this way.
“Last December my wife lost her job, and now we’re struggling to get to the end of every month. Around the 20th, we always realize there’s no money left.
“I’m thirty-four and I haven’t felt real love yet. Sometimes I think: ‘Maybe it’s me. Maybe I’ll never get to that point.’ I’ve had a couple of relationships.
“It was boring in the house, so I kept asking my parents for a younger brother. Then one day, I didn’t want to take a nap, and my mom told me: ‘If you take a nap, you can have a brother in four months!