After experiencing two nights of living basically homeless I can only relate to the poverty stricken and homeless who have to live on the streets for the foreseeable future.
There is no worse hardship than sleeping on the streets. How anyone can survive such a torture during the cold winters nights especially with no food or warmth I cannot imagine.
For my own impression of it. You are cold and uncomfortable. The ground is hard. As the night reaches its peak it is a lonely cold desperate place. Every stranger in the dead of night means possible danger. Your body shivers with no real warmth and you cant sleep at ease or in peace. You are exposed to all elements. Not knowing how you will eat or drink next is a worry and you enter a race of true survival. Imagine living rough on a cold winters day – fearing the wicked middle of the night frost. Knowing you will face its full force.
Once when I was in London many years ago at a festival there was market stalls and rides etc and stalls with food. Upon leaving the festival I had bought myself a hotdog and chips for basically no price. A lovely warm meal which is for most of us taken for granted.
Upon heading through a subway I came across a homeless man. He lay there under two blankets. He looked a mess and hadn’t shaven in ages. He smiled at me warmly. I smiled back and said hello. I asked him if he is ok and he replied that he was good. I decided he must of been hungry so I gave him my hotdog and chips and he was very kind and thankful to me. He must of been hungry. How often was he eating living in such a way? He was actually a very nice man. I returned to the festival and bought more food for me and a hot chocolate for the homeless man.
I cannot imagine how he ended up there but I know sadly people suffer massive misfortune in life out of their control. Situations which cannot be controlled and lead people to bad and dark times. Good people just like us. Alot of people dont have a family to rely on and help them lay good foundations for a bright future.
He is not alone he is one of millions sleeping rough. This also includes children with no homes. They are sadly forgotten about to mankinds everyday world.
Sadly as people we dismiss those less fortune than us as lazy, fools, drug users etc but this isn’t always the case. Some people are asked to leave home at 16-18 by parents or have been in care and asked to make their own way in life. Alot of homeless people are good people and they need help and kindness from humanity. Alot of people suffer relationship breakdowns and have no where else to go or people to accomodate them and cannot afford house or rent prices.
So experiencing life on the streets for one to two nights is bad enough. Not having a source of warmth, or knowing where your next meal comes from must be terrible. Imagine living in such poverty knowing no one cares about you. Is no one looking for them? They are truly alone.
Perhaps humanity when it sees another person suffering on the streets we should try and help. Food for the lucky ones costs nothing from stalls or mcdonalds cheeseburgers etc which is a meal for a desperate person in need of food. Tins which dont require tin openers cost nothing. So when you see a homeless person on the street dont be dismissive for not all are bad. They are someone’s son or daughter afterall.
So I believe in humanity and the love of mankind. Lets help those who wish to be helped. Lets help raise them back up to former glories and pride. Lets be charitable and donate and help. If it was a situation reversed we would seek help and desperate we would be. Hurah to our parents for securing us with warmth and safety.
We are so lucky to have loving families and guaranteed warmth and security. We have the warmth and love of family and everything we desire. So while you are snug and warm in bed tonight think of those less fortunate shivering in the nights cold on the street…