Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Homelessness is not a disease. Its a way of life. Some choose this way of life, most dont. I believe that people that talk ill of the less fortunate havent spent time with them and listened to their stories. I, for one have spent time with these people and i have learned that their are a few who are what people think. Lazy, addicted to alcohol, or other substances. Some have lost their children and their familys through their addictions. Some have none, or very little education. Some have mental illness,which I can tell you first hand that society shuns and doesnt understand. Some are Vietnam veterans that just lost respect and hope from the American people. It takes only a small thing , like losing your I.D or an apartment to send your life in a downward spin. Some dont have any family that will help them. The longer you stay on the streets, you become unkempt, unfeeling and bitter about how you are treated by people. Even people that knew you when you were doing well,and even family. If you dont have a place to take a shower and clean clothes to put on, whose going to hire you? Some of these people are very talented. From carpenter,comedian to muscians, every body has a talent or many talents. They all have one thing in common as we all do..survival. I, just recently asked a homeless friend of mine, what do you want for Christmas? He responded by saying, "I could use a long soak in a tub or a good hot shower". That response, to me, says it all! Love ALL your brothers and sister!