Homeless and Hopeless


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I was casually scrolling twitter and saw somebody post this viral tweet with a homeless man’s sign. It stated that it was his last week on that corner because he found a new job. Thankfully, the person who hired him is also going to provide him a place to live until he can afford his own.

It took this man over a year to find this opportunity. For one year he was standing on the street with a sign asking for help. I’d also imagine that he was praying desperately for change. The simple words he stated rung true to me and where I am in my life. No one knows how difficult it can be to get out of a situation until it happens. That can be in any area of your life. We all make simple life choices that we don’t think too much about. I’m sure the guy didn’t just wake up on the street one day. There was a plethora of life choices that landed him there. Even if it was casually choosing to live in a house in an area prone to natural disaster, he still made that decision. Once we end up in a situation that we don’t like, we start searching for the quickest way out. Often times, we don’t take into account how long it took us to get there. This can drive a person crazy and lead to a lot of disappointment.

If you were to ask me three years ago where I would be right now, I know for a fact that I wouldn’t of told you here. The decisions that I have made have lead me to this point. All of my choices have put me in the spot where I feel like it’s rather difficult to see the light. I often tell people that I feel like I am in a pile of quicksand. Sinking slowly clinging on to anything in hopes of saving myself but no matter what I cannot get out. I could have never imagined that it would be this difficult. I believe that’s how it must’ve felt for the homeless man, day in and day out. Waking up knowing nothing had changed for him overnight. I’m sure he spent some time sulking before taking action but one simple action or choice can change the trajectory of your life. That’s the beauty and astonishing part. Though my problems are meniscal in comparison to this mans, my feelings are still valid. This tweet has inspired me and hopefully inspired you. Homelessness is one of the lowest points that you can be subjected to. For him to come out of it is a blessing. I can only fathom that it took an enormous amount of strength for him to wake up everyday and make the choice to sit on the corner. He had to make the decision to talk to different people and ask for help. He had to put his ego and pride aside and take action. This shows that if you keep clinging and pulling, you will eventually get out. No matter the situation. It takes a great amount of strength and effort to change your life around however, it’s possible. If you want to do it, do it.

I see you. I understand your struggle. It may take time but it’ll also take persistence and faith. I believe in you. You can do it.