“I would rather die on the street as a street performer than try to create some sort of life that’s going to satisfy somebody else…All these years, I haven’t been a laborer trying to be an artist, or a steelworker trying to be an artist. I was an artist trying to be all those other things. So that’s who I really am.” —Ricky Syers
Ricky Syers is a musician/puppeteer from New Jersey who entertains people on the streets of New York City. His handmade marionettes come to life under his skilled direction. This “sense of life” or “awareness” that we see in his puppets has carried over into his relationship with Doris Diether, a former newspaper columnist/activist.
90-year old Doris is one of those people who have no sense of age. According to Doris, “…If the person is interesting, that’s what I relate to. Not whether they are black or white, or 60 or 15.” She has joined Ricky’s act using a puppet that he styled after her.
Ricky is a testament to following your passion in life, in doing whatever it takes to live life and satisfy your spirit. Doris is an example of living an ever-expanding life of new ideas and relationships.
How do you nurture your inner spirit? Is yours a life of dread or a life of promise?