I talked to a gentleman today that is living on the street, otherwise known as homeless. He was in the COTS office to meet Pastor Andy and was telling some of his story. One of the things he said that really caught my attention was that he loved the streets. I was a little stunned by the statement. How could this be? How could a person love the streets?
So I asked him, “why do you love the streets? What makes someone want to stay in this situation?”
His answer was very clear and straight forward. He said “it’s what I know. It’s where I grew up.” One a side note, he also said that he is growing tired of the life he’s living.
I had never really thought about living on the street as something that would have been a life style. That it could be a learned behavior that has to be in essence, unlearned. Or at least, a new way must be shown and learned.
I don’t know that his feeling is the majority, but I can definitely see that it is fitting for several. So I guess the take away is there are some that actually need to learn not just a life skill, or go to rehab of some sort, but they actually have to learn a whole new way of living.