The Homeless Guy Street Survival Tip #4

Homeless survival tip number 3
    Spend as much time as you possibly can AWAY from the homeless environment.

    What exactly is the homeless environment? Basically it’s any place where homeless people gather. It can be a rescue mission, a day shelter, a soup kitchen, a homeless encampment, etc. Although it is necessary for you to spend time around shelters and soup kitchens and clothing rooms, and camps created by the homeless, Remember that this environment is toxic, and the more time you spend in the homeless environment the worse your homeless situation will become, and the harder it will be for you to escape homelessness.

     When I say it’s toxic, what I mean is, it can negatively affect you. Just for being in the homeless environment you can become depressed, lethargic, despondent, and things can get so bad that you lose your desire to leave homelessness. It’s certainly not uncommon for people to become suicidal as they feel there’s no escape from homelessness. The toxicity of the homeless environment not only affects you, but can in time become you. Then not only are you affected by the toxicity, but you become a source of that toxicity. The homeless environment gradually stops being the situation you are in, and instead becomes who you are, at that point, homelessness becomes your home. Once you become acclimated to the homeless environment, everything outside of homelessness becomes toxin. And when that happens, leaving homelessness becomes almost impossible. So, what should you do? Go to the places, and do the things that non-homeless people do. Maintain your connections to the non-homeless world. Hang out with, and make friends with people who are not homeless. Just know that if ever lose those connections to the real world, it’s very difficult to get them back.


About Kevin Barbieux

I have been diagnosed as being chronically homeless. I write about my experiences and opinions of being homeless
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