Breathing Life

“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?

  5 comments for “Breathing Life

  1. June 24, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    This is one of the most inspirational videos I’ve seen in a while. Thanks for sharing this! And on top of that – I really miss New York! I’m planning on moving back. It would be easier if I could find a guy with a great apartment! 😉


    • June 24, 2015 at 5:45 PM

      I’m glad that you liked the video, Debi. They are a one-two punch of inspiration.

      Good luck with your plans to relocate to NYC. Your drive and determination will get you there.


  2. June 22, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    What a great message to receive on my birthday. Thanks, Allan.


    • June 22, 2015 at 1:50 PM

      Happy Birthday, Stephanie, and here’s to many more to come. Thank you for your kind words. Allan

      Sent from my iPhone



  3. alstacer
    June 22, 2015 at 3:02 AM

    L’Chaim and to following your bliss. Thanks for sharing. Namaste.


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