When I am homeless, I am able to be to be more sociable than when I have a job and my own place. When I have a job and a place of my own, I have a lot less time to meet people. Actually, the last time I had a place, I became completely isolated. And that led to my eventual return to the streets. I don’t get invited to many social events, and when I have been, I’ve not done so well – anxieties getting the better of me. And getting to social events is also difficult. With child support to pay, even with a good paying job, I can’t afford a car. And public transportation doesn’t go to many of the places I would want to go, and the busses run on limited times, especially in the evening and weekends, when I’d most likely want to go out. Most of the city buses stop running after 6:30pm on Saturday nights.
So I continue to work to overcome my anxieties, and who knows? maybe with a little more effort I’d be ok at gatherings.
The gist of Issue #1 is that my life is actually better in some important respects when I’m homeless, than when I’ve got my own place.
How can I overcome that?
How can I have a job, a place of my own, and a life?