A Day With A Homeless Person

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If I could spend a day with one person that I never met, I'd spend it with a homeless person named Charlie who lives in New York City. I have never been homeless. I've always had a roof over my head and someplace warm to sleep with good food. I've always wondered what it would be like to be homeless and how I would survive. I think a day with Charlie would help me better understand him. He would teach me how to find food, teach me where to sleep, and how he views his situation.We'd meet in a park on an autumn morning. The first thing he would teach me is how to find food. He rummaged through some garbage bags and finally found some bread and bagels. I watched as pigeons swarmed around him waiting ...view middle of the document...

Next, they wake you up at 7am and you have to leave and you can't come back until 12pm or 1pm. Also, there are a lot of murderers and drug dealers in those shelters, so most homeless people would rather sleep on the streets than in the shelters.He told me how he thought about his situation and about life. A lot of people have told him "Why don't you get a job you loser?" If they were in his situation they would realize how hard it is for him. He can walk into 10 stores and not get a job, even if they're low on help. They will lie and say things are slow or something to that effect. Also, he feels that no matter where you are in life things are hard. Whether you're rich or poor or somewhere in between, life is always going to be hard, so you just take it and deal with it the best that you can. No matter how high or low you are on the scale, it's really the person that matters. The world is crazy, so everyone is at risk for becoming homeless. Lastly, we would say goodbye and part our ways.The whole day I spent with Charlie would make me think about my life. Even though I am well off in my life style, I am not as independent and free as Charlie is. Even though I have all the comforts of the place I call home, I do not have the freedom that he has, or the same experiences. I have always wondered what it would be like to go from day to day not knowing where my next meal would come from or how I would survive. Now I know how he does it, but I'm still not sure I could find the strength to live that lifestyle myself. He has taught me many valuable things and this has been an experience I will never forget.

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