Hug More Interview Series - Jacob Worthey
We discovered each other through instagram. Thank you instagram : ). Than one day we got DM from him: "Thank you for all you do to help encourage this world." These words were soul-food for us and much appreciated feedback! And not just that, it was a start of another lovely virtual friendship. What we know so far, he is an optimist and of course, a hugger! Looking forward to knowing you more Jacob. Big hug from this side! \o/
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WHY DO YOU LIKE HUGS?
I like hugs because they are invitations that welcome you into the moment of another’s life, and serve as a tangible way of showing love, acceptance, and gratitude. When I hug, I want the one I’m hugging to know they’re not alone, and that they are loved for who they are, even if it’s just for a second.
WITH WHO DO YOU HUG THE MOST?
I hug everyone, and everyone hugs differently. There are billions of human shapes and each of their arms wrap around me in a different way. In the moment, with whomever I happen to hugging, they become my favourite person to hug. Whether I’m hugging them for the first and only time, or I’ve hugged them for years, anyone who hugs me back is my favourite hugging partner.
IS THERE A ONE PARTICULAR HUG THAT YOU WOULD POINT OUT AS YOUR FAVOURITE?
There is one hug that sticks out in my memory. When I was living in England back in 2007, a girl from my school and I happen to be walking the streets of a quiet town just as snow began to fall on a February afternoon. We took shelter beneath the entryway of a closed business, and without saying a word, began hugging one another. There was no awkwardness as we just continued to embrace, watching the snow, and feeling the rise and fall of each other’s breaths. After almost an hour, we finally pulled away, smiled, and walked out into the freshly fallen snow.
IS THERE SOMEONE YOU OWE A HUG?
I feel like I owe a hug to every person I see who looks unhappy, hopeless, and alone. If I ever pass by people on the street, and don’t stop to hug the ones who look this way, I definitely regret it.
IF YOU COULD PICK ANYONE, WHO WOULD YOU HUG?
This is a hard question, because there are many individuals I wish to hug—Aretha Franklin, André the Giant, Henry David Thoreau, the original Power Rangers, and Jesus Christ—to name a few. However, at this very moment I would really like to hug my grandmother, Gloria. She passed away over fifteen years ago, and although I only remember certain things about her, the way she hugged me is something I cannot forget.
AND LASTLY, GIVE US ONE DAMN GOOD REASON WHY WE SHOULD ALL HUG MORE?
It may be a simple reason, but I would say because we need it and we’d become better for it. In an age that is growing more individualistic and self-centered, we need people who will look up from their phones and hug others just because they want to improve the day of those around them. We need friends that hug, rather than hold grudges. We need families that hug each other—always—no matter the situation. We need to be a people who hug more, in hopes that one day, no one will feel alone.