posted on Jul, 27 2009 @ 02:13 PM
Hey all, I was homeless a few times in my younger days too. Not nice times, I sincerely wish I could say I had the morals of Antar back then. I was
around 10 years old the first time my parents threw me out of the house, they came to look for me after then and was in and out till around 17 and i
was homeless again.
Sometimes I would get lucky and stay with some people I know. I say lucky but it was scary sometimes as they would have friends who were with drugs
and weapons, all of them a lot older than me and lets just say they didnt conform to societies norms and boundaries. Sometimes I would stay at the
train station as it would be dry other nights I would just walk. Walk and sing.
Im ashamed to admit it at times but I used to steal food from supermarkets. I do however try to justify that I had to cause I was hungry. Slowly I
started to learn about drugs and used to dable, nothing too strong and not addicted, just took the edge of sometimes. (Marijuana).
After time my family came to help me, aunties and grandparents etc. I went back to college and tried to settle in again.
When I hit 19 I became depressed and had a half hearted attempt at suicide, after much reflection I think it was more a scream for help. I left the
country and started to travel around Europe, holding down small jobs to pay my way. Great experience people I met and the things I learned changed my
life. After about 5 years I eventually settled in Switzerland met my girl and now, after a lot of soul searching and solving ones issues, I am
starting a business and hope to continue with University.
I now aim to help others with the experience I have had. I did not have it half as bad as some people and empathy goes a long way to understanding. Me
and my better half plan to complete our degrees and set up a shelter or a place of some kind where people who just need to get away or start again
It wasnt nice but it made me who I am, I am lucky, I now have tolerance, understanding and a burning passion to help others.
There is a 'motto' that has always stuck with me and helps me a lot.
"The things that happen to us do not matter, what we become through them does."
[edit on 27/7/2009 by LestatG]