“I’m driving to pay off my student debts. I had to start college late because my father had a stroke shortly after I graduated high school.
“I’m turning thirty in July. And I’m still working out a lot of childish things in my dating life. I’m learning how to communicate.
“I’m practicing French right now. I want to move to Europe so I can force myself to start over. I have a nine-to-six job.
“He’s an actor on Broadway. I broke up with him in December because he couldn’t manage his anger. He’d scream at me on subway platforms.
“’I’m obsessive, but my obsessions are productive. I’m happy. I never get depressed. I find life very interesting.
“I asked her out during a movie. I was really nervous, so I executed with about half the talent level that I could have.
“I just had to sit down because I got short of breath. I was at a restaurant earlier where the manager had to seat me at the counter because I couldn’t fit in the booth.
“I grew up outside of Miami. It wasn’t easy to be young, black, and gay in my neighborhood. It was a very masculine space.
“Having a child was the best thing that ever happened to us. But it is constant company with terrible conversation.”
“I feel like I’m just starting, but I think I’d be fine if it all went away. I get that from my mother.
“She has the biggest heart. Everyone sees her success as an athlete, but all of that is layered on the size of her heart.
“He’s so sexy. And he taught me the importance of being silly.” “Being silly is so important. Silly is the opposite of grief.
“She always responds with empathy. She meets anger with empathy. She meets hate with empathy. She’ll take the time to imagine what happened to a person when they were five or six years old.
“They try to manipulate me. But I’ve got it figured out. A hug in the morning is normal. A hug at night is normal.
“I live with my mom and uncles. There are twelve of us in one house. Everyone is sacrificing so that I can go to university.
“I knew my husband very well. We’d been living together for twenty-one years. So it was obvious that something was going on.
“He’s always acting so serious. The last time we went out with my friends, he looked like he was constipated the entire time.“ (Lima, Peru)
“I’ve been sitting here for three hours trying to figure out what to do. I need to make a sale. Rent is due in a week and I don’t have the money.
“I’m about to meet up with my ex-girlfriend. We broke up two weeks ago and I’m hoping to get back together with her.
“We’re talking about how important it is to take a shower every day.” (Lima, Peru)