I was mindlessly clicking on things in Facebook, when I came across a page that tells the story of ordinary New Yorkers, called Humans of New York. It was simple but powerful, and I knew that I wanted to do the same here in Lima, but with video and text.
Peruvians have stories worth sharing, and I’d like to share them to the world. So here I am, starting a new movement: Humans of Lima.
Listening to stories from people around the world, and within Peru, is a great way to reflect on the world’s cultural diversity. The objective of Humans of Lima is to experience, through video, images and text, the lives of Peruvian citizens. It’s to break down the social stereotypes that plague our society, and to make people aware of the different lifestyles and passions of us Limeños.
The first edition in Humans of Lima features the life of security guards and the things they most value in life. I chose to interview guards because, although their jobs tend to be underrated by most Peruvians, they serve others, and like each and every one of us, they are human. They don’t live like royalty, but they are happy.
Through these interviews I was able to learn the importance of family and appreciation. The guards I interviewed work day through night, yet they are grateful for every act of love, care and tenderness that they receive from their children and loved ones. They put aside the materialistic and focus on valuing the small things that most of us take for granted. Most importantly, they balance their time to be with their children, pursue their passions, and make a living for their family.
They are humans to admire.
In Lima, we all live a little differently, but we also share some of the same, intimate stories.