This seemed almost absurd to me, given the very different health system here in Australia.I talked to an 18-year-old girl who worried she was pregnant, and instead of getting a pregnancy test, she wanted an opinion from me (a stranger) to decide if she was pregnant.
There was nothing revolutionary about any of these conversations. The typical indie movie story where an outsider white guy has no real connections and overthinks everything.
I spoke with a guy from India in his early twenties who was frustrated that he couldn’t have a relationship until he got married.
He lived in a small village and wasn’t allowed to interact with other women. I spoke with a European woman (I wasn’t sure where she was from) who was a History teacher to high school students.
I found a website where you can nominate to either be a ‘listener’ or a ‘venter’.
Each person who went on the site was given a pseudonym that was randomly generated. I thought it would take a lot of small talk to discover what people were really looking to vent about. Each conversation I had began with the venter beginning with, It was refreshing to talk so openly and honestly with people, even if I didn’t know the full story.