Two Gifts Homelessness Gave Me

Resilience

During those 6 years, I suffered losses. I lost my mother to cancer. I fractured my relationships with my children and father. I lost my faith in a Higher Power. I lost faith in myself. But through the grace of that Higher Power, I survived those losses and rebuilt my life. I still have struggles, but I know I have the strength to work through them.

The Ability to Ask for Help

To survive homelessness, I hardened my heart. Showing emotion was dangerous, an invitation to be taken advantage of. I also didn’t believe I was worthy of compassion or assistance. Until one day I grew tired of the chaos and realized the only way out was with the health of others. I was extremely lucky to find people who saw whatever humanity I had left. I resisted at first, but with each small gain in my recovery, I allowed people to get close. Now, I use my experiences to help others.

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Ana Michelle

Ana Michelle

Mental Health advocate. Writer. Topics: mental health, mindfulness, life lessons