Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dealing With My Past

As difficult as it has been, living on the streets of San Diego, it has been really good for me.   I am seeing that first part of my life, before I left San Diego, in a new light.  I am seeing San Diego, the city, for the first time. With the mix of my Aspergers, my mother's attempts at isolating me, my father's constant threats of physical punishment for not being normal, the constant bullying from  family, the constant teasing from kids my age whom I tried to socialize with, I lived those first 21 years of my life in seclusion.  As great as San Diego is, I was not able to enjoy it.  Many people have asked me why I left San Diego - that was the reason.  Life was going to be shitty no matter where I lived, so it really didn't matter where I lived - except that all the ugliness of my life was in San Diego, and I very much wanted to get away from it.   There is no doubt in my mind that if I had stayed in San Diego, I would have committed suicide or would have gone crazy.  It was necessary that I leave.

Now I am seeing my past with the objectivity that comes from the distance of time.  And just as seeing homelessness in San Diego gives me a new perspective and wider understanding of homelessness, I am also seeing my past with a new and better, more clear, perspective.  For this I am understanding my past better.  This all leads up to me feeling much better about myself, about the life path that was imposed on me by circumstances beyond my control, and what has become of my life.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How Can I Help The Homeless With Immediate Needs

The immediate needs of the homeless are the basic every-day needs of every person, homeless or not.   Food, shelter, and clothing always top the list.  But there are many other daily needs of the homeless that may not come to mind right away.

You brush your teeth every day, (at least I hope you do).  The homeless need to brush their teeth just as often.

Tooth brush and tooth paste and dental floss

You take a shower every day, (please take a shower every day). The homeless need to shower every day too.

Soap and shampoo and a towel

You wear deodorant?  Thank you. The homeless need deodorant too.

Deodorant and talcum powder

Are your nails trimmed and neat?

Nail clippers and nail files

Are you getting the idea?   Just look in your bathroom cabinets and drawers for more inspiration of the things that homeless people need, but probably don't have because they can't afford them.

Gift bags for the homeless have been popular ever since I blogged about them in 2002.   It's an easy project in which everyone can participate.

Please read the above link about making gift bags for the homeless.

If you would rather do something else than gift bags, there are still other things you can do  to help homeless people with their immediate needs.    You can volunteer at a shelter or you could join up with another group that is already doing the gift bags.  I'm sure they could use all the help you can give.  And by watching how they operate you can better learn how to do it, when you decide to do it on your own, or decide to start up your own group of volunteers.