What is his story?

While driving to the gym, the usual route is taken and during the trip always at the same intersection is the homeless man. His hair and beard are long and white and the cloths are dirty and the man sits at the usual bench with his grocery basket full of stuff. What is his story?

What is his story?

The homeless man at the same intersection every day is living with some sort of meaning and reason to carry on. He does not appear to be unhappy and occasionally I see him eating food.

I saw him once being escorted by police most likely to a homeless shelter only to have return to the bench the next day. That is his home for now and the comfort of that intersection and that bench brings him something I am unable to understand.

I likely will never know, but whatever his misfortunes, he reminds me that no matter the environment, the struggles and challenges, there is still a reason to live and a reason to carry on.

What is his story?

The other day I came across this video on YouTube of a homeless man playing the piano – it reminded me of the homeless man I see sitting on his bench. The song playing is by STXY – Come Sail Away and a course it is a song from the 1970s (post: Music of the 1970s)

These are the lyrics of the first verse –

I’m sailing away, set an open course for the virgin sea

I’ve got to be free, free to face the life that’s ahead of me

On board, I’m the captain, so climb aboard

We’ll search for tomorrow on every shore

And I’ll try, oh Lord, I’ll try to carry on

 

 

4 thoughts on “What is his story?

  1. There are many homeless here too, in this city in Northern Alberta I call home. I often wonder, as you did, what their stories are and how they came to be where they are. Many sleep on the banks of the river in summer and God knows where in winter. I enjoy your posts – they are thought provoking and honest – two traits I greatly admire. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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