It can be hard to find a good therapist, so sometimes you just have to take what you can get. In New York City, look no farther than the subway.
Taking a page right out of Peanuts, this 11-year-old is offering emotional advice in a Brooklyn, NY subway station for $2 a pop. Ciro Ortiz, a 6th grader from Brooklyn, might not have the qualifications to offer therapy, but that hasn’t stopped him from stop him from laying out some hard truths, like telling this dude who’s bummed that his girlfriend is vegan to “deal with it.”
According to the New York Post, Ciro has brings in about $50 on a good day, and that’s with office hours between 12pm and 2pm. Imagine if he expanded. That’s not likely to happen, though. Ciro, who hates school, has plans to become a video-game developer.
Wise beyond his years, the Post got a little advice of their own from Ciro.
The most common problem he’s seen, Ciro said, is adults having trouble dealing with change.
“They feel a certain way in the past and when they look [back] in hindsight, they say things were so much better back then,” he said.
His advice? “We have to accept [change]. It’s going to happen — it’s always going to happen. Life is always changing.”