Most of the time the media portrays the homeless as bad people. People who are well off would often say something like “They can go find jobs”, “They’re just lazy”, “Maybe they should stop doing drugs”, and so on.
Now I’m not here to change how you view a homeless person, but mainly because I use to think of them as bad people just like how majority of people are. After getting to know some homeless people and their stories, its actually not how most of you think it would be.
In today’s society, most people probably just think oh they started doing drugs so they waste all their money, or ohh they were in a gang. Question is how do you know? Do you know them personally? Have you spoken to them? If I were to give an honest opinion about the society today, its complete shit. Instead of being a stuck up person sticking to what media tells you, why don’t you actually try and like talk to some homeless people? Its not like they are going to stab you with a needle! They would much rather save needles and drugs for themselves than to harm you with it.
While many homeless people aren’t harmless there of course are ones who can do harm but from the homeless that I got to around where I work, most of them are actually super nice. In fact their stories are actually quite similar and if not similar super sad.
I think the number 1 thing someone should do is to get over their fear of a homeless person and just talk to them. Sure maybe some of them will tell you they want money and nothing else, but a lot of them would actually be happy to get some food.
The number one thing that most people say is “they should go get a job, it would solve all their problems”. NO! that’s not the case! You try going homeless, going days without shower looking like a mess and go for a job interview, are they going to hire you? No, they’re not going to, unless they’re super nice and really needs someone, but even a place like McDonalds do background checks and would say no. From the homeless people that I have talked to, most of them are drug addicts, but a lot of them have tried looking for jobs, but have been turned down either because they find out they’re homeless, or find something in their background check. Some of them even have jobs! but what is a minimum waged job gonna help pay for? Rent only and not utility? or food and no place to live?
Like I said many of them are drug addicts, and from what I know they’re about like what? $20 a hit or something. You may think of something like “ohh, then just stop doing drugs.” Its not that easy, when you’re having an attack and need it, you need it. There’s nothing you can do to stop the attack, and for most of them, its worst in the morning because they haven’t had any. Why else would there be rehab centers to help them? As much as a rehab can help them, they don’t always get accepted into them either, some get accepted under certain circumstances, some get wait listed for years, what the government needs to do is actually try and help these people get off streets and into rehabs instead of not giving a shit about them.
Some of the stories I hear from these homeless people are super sad. Not everyone is a super human and can handle things. For example, one told me how he had his life together and never thought that he would’ve ended up like this. This one mid 30 year old, has a wife, has two kids, had his father, had a great engineering job, had a car, had a house, he had everything. But within one year, his dad died, his wife left with his kids to another place with another man, the devastation? led him to be depressed and basically like a nobody, was a pile of sadness. From that he lost of job, didn’t have money to keep living in house of afford his car, so at that point, he had no family, no money, no place to stay, all he did was use drugs to suppress those feelings he had, and from there? It led to where he is today, homeless, and how long ago was this you asked? Just a little less than 2 years ago that has life was turned around 360 degrees.
So sometimes before you say anything terrible about a homeless person, think about what it would be like if you were in their shoes. I probably wont change your mind about you see this type of thing but it really is no big deal. You just have to into whether your way of thinking is good or not.
But from what I know, these homeless people that I have talked to just wants people to treat them as normal beings and talk to them. Because most people don’t even want to be near them and all that does is make them feel worse.
p.s sorry I didn’t have photos in this one, I just really needed to get this out there.