posted on Oct, 19 2008 @ 05:30 AM
I just can't get this out of my head. It's who I am. It's what I experienced.
I am not writing this to make friends or foes. I usually don't write much as
I don't consider myself to be very articulate in the spoken and writen language. English is my second language.
The title of this post is "I will be homeless" and inside the OP is saying goodbye.
For good or just for a while, we don't know.
When I read something like that, I put myself into that persons shoes. Where am I gonna sleep? Where can I store my things? What am I gonna eat or
drink? How do I get out of this mess? I know there is a way. I know this is just temporary. I hope it is. I know it is. Why me? There must be a reason
for this. It can't get any worse. It can only get better from now on.
etc. etc. etc.
I've been there, I've done it...
Before I explain how, let me get this straight. If you think it's their own responsibility and actions that got them there in the first place,
you're right. I myself needed to get to that conclusion. That's the most important mindset for a new start. Anology: an alcoholic
can only be cured if he knows and admits that he's an alcoholic.
Now, how did I get back on track?
...with a lil help of my friends, including strangers.
It was hard. I wasn't begging (not directly). I always felt like I was the scum of the world, worthless and guilty as charged. But what was I
supposed to do. Stick my head into the sand.
1. Ask for help, no matter how hard it is.
2. Accept the current situation and make the best out of it.
3. Never get used to it, always remind yourself that you want your previous life back.
4. You're not a lesser being and don't let yourself be treated as one.
5. You're not the only one, as you'll see soon when waiting in lines.
6. You'll meet others like you with whom you'll share experiences.
7. Get together with those who have the same urge to get back to their lifes.
8. Stay away from the hopeless (alcoholics, druggies,...)
9. Never forget the people who'll help you. The chances you can return the favours are slim as you maybe never meet them again. But once you're back
again, help others.
10. Don't do everything for money, just because you need money.
11. Keep reminding yourself that this is lifes hardest lesson and learn from it.
I am sure we all can think of more.
I can't do much to help. I also can't help everybody. Just because something seem hopeless, doesn't meam you have to ignore it.
The question here is not if we should or should not help? The answer to that is clear.
The question is "HOW?".
This post is not meant to pearonize the OP or anybody. I also don't wanna play the big messiah. I just like to see people think of solutions.
I apolgize accusing ATS members of being ignorant. I hope this thread just might have started something constructive...let's see what good comes of