So this was my birthday
When my friends left, I walked over to Kenneth’s alley. Kenneth was patiently waiting there to meet my friends. Unfortunately, I arrived alone. When I told him that I was sorry and disappointed, he accepted it. He knew that many will have a hard time accepting my new perception of the homeless. Through my limited experience, I have seen both sides of the coin.
I told Kenneth that my brother was more open-minded and that he would come down to meet him. Right away, Kenneth gave me his phone to dial him up. So I did. Within half an hour, my brother spent time with Kenneth and me. I guess some people are too scared to meet a stranger in an alley. In their mind, this was a perfect setup for a mugging.
I’ve been walking up and down Hastings Street in the middle of the night for a week now. Not to mention the five nights I have spent sleeping alone on the side of the streets and alleys. I’ve been walking through this “scary and dangerous” place called the Downtown Eastside. First and foremost, I have met very kind men and women with big hearts. And secondly, fear only exists within the mind.
You and I will perceive each situation differently and the way you perceive it will dictate how you feel. Some may find a situation fearful while others may not. Therefore, it is up to the person interpreting the situation to let in negative or positive feelings. I learned this lesson on my first day. When a car stopped next to me in the middle of the night, my heart started racing. I thought I was going to get mugged, beaten up or even arrested. However, in reality a Good Samaritan was delivering me catered food.