Anybody that tells you that homeless youth are unmotivated or “just need to straighten up and get a job” haven’t taken two seconds to think beyond their own world.
Although no two people’s journeys are quite the same, one thing I can say is that it’s rarely about finding work (lucky you if you did) or even the desire to move forward…it’s about getting beyond the moment and finding yourself first.
Ever been lost? I don’t mean “Oops, I took a left instead of a right” kind of lost. I mean deep, completely turned around, “where in the hell am i?” lost. Were you alone? Did you have a phone? How’d you figure it out? You aren’t still there are you? :)
My point is, what matters most when you are lost (other than getting out)? Food, water, warm clothes, maybe shelter, company… Without those, you’re pretty miserable. You need to take care of the basics beforeyou can plan out what you’ll be doing once you get out of the woods. Anything less than that and you might not make it.
Now, come back to where you are - reading this from your desk…a coffee shop…maybe even your phone. With your basic needs met, you can think about other things, right?
For those of you who have scrambled for a place to stay or have sifted through your pocket lint to get enough for the dollar menu, it can be a full time job some days, right?
When times get even tougher, maybe you don’t even care who/what the company is or what it takes to have a warm place for the night…so you get really good at picking the least sketchy of the choices you have. You might have a lot of time on your hands, but not much of it can be used on thinking ahead - it’s thinking for now.
For those of you who are struggling to get through today - Know that I am proud of you and I am truly sorry for the hard times that you’re in. Know that there are good people who care (trust me, they are out there) and allow them to listen to you and help where they can. Things might not change overnight, but taking care of yourself in the right ways will get you to a better place.
For those of you who listen, who care, who go out of your way to be family to people in need - You are truly my brothers and sisters and I thank you. You make the world a better place, one relationship at a time.
Thanks for your time…