We see them everywhere, around every corner and the same story: “Can you spare some change. Help a homeless”. At times it gets frustrating. We can’t help but wonder how come they’re not looking for a job or busting their ass off instead of asking for money from strangers. And then you have your occasional a**hole who shouts at them to go get their shit together.
Guess what? If you’re poor, you’re essentially an illness, an accident or a paycheck away from living on the streets. Being homeless is not something that only happens to “them”. Unless you make 100k a year and have everything in life sorted out, you’re never too sure that you won’t end up on the streets.
People begging on the street have to deal with cold and a freezing winters. Spend a day on an empty stomach. Some of them go around asking for a job but because they don’t have a suit they are never deemed presentable. Believe it or not, but some were actually having normal lives before they ended spending all their money on fighting cancer or getting their loved ones a costly operation. A bunch are veterans, going to fight on behalf of entitled pricks just to get back and find no one to help them out.
Homeless-people, or “bumbs” as some would call them, are not a disease, they’re not outcasts. They’re just like you and me, they happen to be in a bad shape now, not because they wanted to, but because life happened to them. The ones we should be judging are not individuals on the streets sleeping in public parks, it’s us. How on earth do we let that happen? Did it take us millions of years of evolution just to end up cutthroats who care only for themselves and let the rest behind? How can we have a warm dinner when others are looking for crumbs?
Homeless people are not failures. Check out thelong list of success stories that started with the hero being out on the streets trying to make it through. Oscar winner Halle Berry was once homeless during her twenties. Jim Carrey was living in a tent for a while. The founder of Canada’s largest specialty chain of coffee was homeless because of a drinking problem. Multi-platinum singer Jewel was homeless and almost died in a parking lot. Even James Bond, aka Daniel Craig, spent a while sleeping on park benches in London! And the list continues: Chris Gardner from “pursuit of happiness”, Queen of Jazz Ella Fitzgerald, Magician Houdini and Charlie Chaplin!
Homeless people may be the next success story of finance or acting, all they need is a little push, people to care and fellow humans to treat them with respect! They’re not bumbs, they’re human beings!