I met Dave while visiting my grandmother at a rehabilitation center. He takes care of the elderly for a living. I approached him and introduced myself after watching him gently place a blanket on a older gentleman and light a cigarette for him. I took note of his kind disposition, introduced myself, and struck up a Big Talk conversation with him. He told me he always wanted to be an archaeologist. We discussed career paths and the frailty of life. He taught me about the value of remembering why you decided to follow - or not to follow your childhood dreams.
I spent one weekend getting to know members of Santa Monica's homeless population. Through our conversations, I learned that many homeless people have personal or alternative reasons for landing in their particular life positions. They do not all view homelessness as a tragedy. For some of them, it was a choice. I asked what they wanted help with. Some just wanted to talk. Others requested that we help find them places to shower or give them resources to find work.
I interviewed Cassandra for my first Big Talk video. I met her outside of my grandmother's apartment and asked her if she wouldn't mind making Big Talk. She taught me about the importance of being patient with others and accepting what life brings you - including tragedy and death. She actually was working on writing a book called "Guidance through Death" that helps people navigate those difficult times. Cassandra was a pleasure to speak with!
I had a BIG TALK conversation with my lyft driver. To fit the theme, I asked him "what drives you?" He told me "Christianity drives me." He went on to describe how his religion had helped pull him out of some pretty dark times.
Every now and then, someone turns the conversation around and asks me the Big Talk question. Here I am thinking about my answer to the question, "What is your greatest fear?"