"Life is something else": that is something i will always say, when i try to instill in others what life is. That sole knowledge of the concept called "life", is something many in the world haven't come to understand; many feel they do though but the reality is "hearing/reading of a fire as described by the most decorated writer on Earth, is way different from actually being in "fire"!
Yes, there is a school called "school of life" and this is not a very secular school. "It doesn't have certificates"! However, it is a stand-out school because it gives you more substance than a regular person.
The truth is "life is really something else" and understanding "life" is a gem. People who have done "school of life" understand some basic things, like "no one knows tomorrow"; "we are basically dust"; "anything can happen"; "things change etc. Yes, in life there will ever be unanswered questions. Some things will ever be unexplainable!
People who did "school of life", will easily be able to understand that "the lowly tattered man on the streets begging bread, could easily have been a prince in the past or angel in disguise or a potential king and they know how to not under-rate these ones. They know life is more about generations yet unborn and that "it's a small world".
People who have done "school of life" have a broader perspective when it comes to understanding suffering and its impact on people and grow into really practically loving and empathetic people. There more prone to forgive and less-condemning. These virtues aren't weakness!
So how do you view a homeless person? Are you very snappy at announcing that you don't have money? Do you try to read between the lines, when you someone on the sidewalks who appears homeless? How exactly does homelessness feel like? Have you been homeless?
Can you have home and still have experienced homelessness?
I have experienced homelessness many times maybe not with the same intensity as others, however, there is no real need for comparisons as many times it is not about being homeless, it is more about the timing; "when homelessness decides to strike.
Many steemians have had experiences with homelessness as seen in this:
10 unMEAN sTWEETs About: "When Homelessness Decides To Strike And The Aftermath Of Homelessness!"
1. Can Any Good Come Out Of Being Homeless?
@anti-sophist relates his experience in this amazing comment!
When I was in my early 20's I ended up sleeping in a tent for a couple months due to a series of bad decisions and unfortunate events. That wasn't the end of the world and I made it out just fine. Gave me some time to develop thankfulness and stack some cash (which wasn't easy sliding by on minimum wage day labor) , but yes everything is much harder without permanent residence and friends to help. It has to be far more difficult for someone with children or one who is mentally Ill.
2. Should Have Experienced Homelessness To Be Capable Of Empathy Towards The Homeless?
@philogyny knows a thing or 2 about this:
I will admit that, while my mother did struggle raising my sister and I alone, I never had the misfortune of becoming homeless. Growing up, it took my a while to understand why all my friends could have the coolest toys and wear the latest trends in fashion, But I myself was limited to what my sister couldn't fit anymore and looked forward to my mother sneaking us the newest kids meal toys from her fast food job. She raised us well, though, and we understood and respected the struggle she went through to keep a roof over our heads. I may not have experienced the worse, but I like to think i gained a higher level of respect for those who have. I may not have a lot now, but I try to help how I can. The homeless rate is not high where I live, but giving someone else five bucks, a meal, or some extra clothes when they need it isn't going to set me back.
3. How Does Being Homeless For Just One Night Feel Like?
@carface talks about being stranded:
I remember being stranded in a town one night with a friend with no money and just trying to find a place to sleep for the night. It was a lot lot tougher than I thought and never want that experience again.
4. How About Life On A Bench?
@denmarkguy shares a little secret:
I cannot even imagine what that experience must be like; I "lived" on a bench by the 8th hole of the local municipal golf course... but I was a healthy 22-year old unattached male. And that was hard enough.Stories like this keeps underscoring the reality I keep arriving at... that the US of A is essentially the world's largest "3rd world country." A dirty little secret nobody talks about.
5. Do Homeless People Have Virtues?
@bdmomuae keeps it simple:
6. What You Have No Mailing Address; Can That Also Feel Like Homelessness?
@theblindsquirl has had experience with this:
I, my wife, our 2 kids and 3 dogs spent 16 months without a mailing address. We never got to the point of being in a tent, but there were a few weeks where we lived in a friends motor home. #6 Friends, you can add family to that too. People shun you like they think it's going to rub off. That's not what the 'Murican dream was supposed to be.
7. Can Homelessness Happen To Anyone?
@imransoudagar shares his sentiments in this comment:
I have never been homeless, but I could have been. And I can understand your pain and the hardships that you have gone through. Apparently, homelessness is a big problem than many other things we think.
8. What If People Paid A Bit More Attention To The Homeless?
@journeyoflife talks about homelessness in Pakistan:
A lot of people tend to just walk past homeless people, but what they do not understand is their story behind what made them homeless. Only if people would have a heart to help others, the world would go far. I was left homeless back home in Pakistan and rising again is what makes us stronger and better
9. What Is The Aftermath Of Homelessness?
@skcamper relates some experience:
I just went through 40 days of homelessness THIS time. The last 6 times in 2 years had days, weeks, months. I am safe for now, but I can't get rid of that little voice saying,it can happen again. It has changed me in ways I look at people and how I act. Mostly, I have turned very quiet.And I don't look people in the eye anymore. This last time was the worst experience out of them all.
10. What Is One More Thing You Can Do With So Much Money?
@jeremybro shared these noble thoughts:
There's nothing I would enjoy more than having so much money I can take people off the streets left and right and give them their second chance. It's very heartbreaking and I'm sorry you went through it. Hopefully things are way better now for you.
This is further awareness to the fact that many in the world have had to deal with homelessness and perhaps, we should pay more attention.
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