A Humans of New York post from earlier this week went viral on social media. An old man holding a paperback of Shakespeare's sonnets was in the photo with the following quote under it: “My wife passed away last January. We’d been married for 62 years. You caught me at a time when I’ve been thinking a lot about love because I’m reading Shakespeare’s sonnets. The definition of love is elusive, which is why we write about it endlessly. Even Shakespeare couldn’t touch it. All the greatest love stories just seem to be about physical attraction. Romeo and Juliet didn’t know if they liked the same books or movies. It was just physical. After 62 years, it becomes something different entirely. My wife used to say: ‘We are one.’ And believe me, she was not the type of person to overstate something. Now that she’s gone, I realize how right she was. So much of our lives were linked. We were very physical and affectionate. But we also shared every ritual of our life. I miss her every time I leave a movie and can’t ask for her opinion. Or every time I go to a restaurant and can’t give her a taste of my chicken. I miss her most at night. We got in bed together at the same time every night.” (http://www.humansofnewyork.com/post/138508722751/my-wife-passed-away-last-january-wed-been).
I saw the post and was touched by it but had no idea how many others felt the same way until I looked below it and saw it had 1.4M likes and nearly 71K comments. Wow! So what is it about a post like this that makes it go viral? We too have social media networks and know that certain of our posts get viewed far more than others. Often it's a nice relatable quote or a fun photo that does it. With this website and specifically this post, it seems to be the weight of the words that attracts.
So what was it about this post that made me want to do something I rarely do. Why did I click 'share'? What shines through his words is the genuine love & respect two people who shared a lifetime together, had. In a few sentences we know how truly in love with her he was and still is. He has eloquently defined what love means to him - what it should mean to all of us. His sentiments are something to be celebrated. This is social media at its best.