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Tough Times

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

I was thinking about how much difference a little bit of kindness could make and I remembered all the tough times I have had.

I was expressing to my boyfriend that I wanted to help some homeless people and he was being so judgmental and talking about how horrible homeless people are "they choose to be homeless". Then I was able to tell him that when I was 17, I was homeless. My dad went to prison and my mom moved away. I had a duffel bag of belongings that I kept with me and I stayed a week with a friend, then another friend, my sister, the womens shelter... whatever I had to do to make it through my senior year. I wasn't a horrible person and I appreciated any help I could get. I stayed with one friend in particular and her dad was always mad at me. I either ate too much lunch meat, or I used too many towels... I was uncomfortable every day. Then I remember my first night at the women's shelter, they had strawberries! Even when I lived with my parents, we never seemed to have fresh produce. When I asked if I could have some, they told me I could have whatever I wanted and the kitchen was full of food! It was an amazing feeling. I know that people go through tough times and I want to be able to shine a little light through their dark times.

I have been through too many difficult times to list everything here, but two years ago I had a house fire and I lost everything that I had ever owned. That is another situation that could have classified me as homeless again. If it wasn't for the kindness of others, I wouldn't have anywhere to go!

Anyways, a long story short, I am working on being there for other people.
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  • PGHP31CK
    You have an incredible story. Thank you for sharing it! You are an amazing person! Thank you for your openness.

    I believe that God blesses us so that He can use us to bless others. How wonderful that you want to make a difference in your world!

    Praying for you, that you WILL find ways to be there for others.
    1628 days ago
  • SMSOSA1020
    You have a heart of Gold. Like I have told you before you are a strong woman.
    1628 days ago
    Maybe you can share that with him, and give him new perspective. I agree there are those who do nothing to help their situation, but there are those that do appreciate the help. I'll sometimes buy a few dollar menu hamburgers and a bottle or two of water and give out to someone on the street. Or you could even carry a cheap pair of socks, or gloves now that the weather is getting colder.

    I think all your hardships in life have made you such a strong, loving, and amazing woman. I'm so glad that you have decided to pay it forward.
    1628 days ago
    if your boyfriend thinks homeless people want to be homeless, maybe you need a new boyfriend. keep up your hard work. it will get better. be positive.
    1628 days ago
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