The Less Fortunate

There are many people who live their lives not paying any attention to the people around them. No, I’m not talking about their peers, I’m talking about the people on the street, who are less fortunate that others. I’m talking about the people who have lived through horrible experiences, and now they don’t have anywhere to live. Let’s be honest, why do people ignore or even avoid them? Because they, in other people’s eyes, look intimidating, or because they don’t dress as “fancy” as others. But I’ve had conversations with these “less fortunate” people, and some of them are the friendliest people you will ever meet. I believe that everyone deserves a proper chance in life, and that means helping those people on the street.

I’ve had this philosophy for as long as I can remember. The idea of helping these people was first instilled into my life by my parents when I was very young. They learned this philosophy from the Bible, which has also further deepened my belief in it. But anyone can believe in something, and then not live it out in their own lives. Last summer, I decided that I wouldn’t be one of those people. So, as suggested to me by my family, I travelled alone to a different province to volunteer for a charity for the summer. The charity that I volunteered for basically picks up furniture that people donate, store it in a warehouse, and then deliver it to people in need. Working for this charity changed how I look at everyone. I had the opportunity to talk to many people, some of whom would have been avoided on the street. Their stories are truly amazing. I’m not going to say more than that, but you probably have a couple ideas of what their lives were like, as most of the were immigrants.

Helping the people around you can not only change their lives, but it can change yours. It can change your perspective on how people on the street got to where they are now. It can help you realize that every life is important, no matter if they don’t have a home to live in, a job to work, or if they look more intimidating than others. Nobody likes being avoided, and when you go to the other side of the street just to avoid passing them, they notice. Believe me, it really does happen.

Since the summer I volunteered, I have applied what I learned into my own life. I think much better of people on the street, and I try to help the community. For example, every Monday, a few people get together to make sandwiches for the “less fortunate.” This random act of kindness can be a great help to people who have nothing.