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GOODBYE 2014. HELLO 2015!

I have never made any New Year’s resolutions before this year. If I feel like I need to change to become a better person or do something to improve myself, I wouldn’t wait for a specific day of the year. Instead, I just try to spend everyday trying to make myself better than I was the day before. This is my resolution every single morning.

I decided to actually start blogging today, and coincidentally, it happened to be on the first day of a new year – January 1, 2015.

Every morning, I remind myself that I have the power to make myself happy or unhappy. I can choose which it will be. Yesterday is dead; tomorrow hasn’t even arrived yet. I have just one day, which is today, and I’m going to be happy in it.

Ironically, this was the first year I decided to make a New Year’s resolution, however it didn’t pertain to what I need to do to improve myself. It more so pertained to others (the homeless) and what I can gain from them. My New Year’s resolution was to go out and ask homeless people about their New Year’s resolutions.

People ask me all the time why I devote so much of my time towards the homeless. It’s sad – we often hear and read people making comments about the homeless as if they’re another species. Every so often, there’s an assumption that a homeless person is a criminal/drug addict or that they deserve to be homeless because they are too lazy to work. No one ever stops to look at it from a different perspective.

I’m not going to tell you what to think or try to subvert whatever judgments you may have. The only thing that I do ask is to actually have the intellectual courage to re-examine the things you believe or to actually look at things from a different perspective. Have the backbone to re-think homelessness…or to re-think any situation for that matter.

Last year in particular, I had witnessed many homeless people among the streets. Whenever I stumble across a homeless person, a part of me feels uncomfortable and the other part of me feels empathic. When I think about homelessness- the thoughts of fear, abandonment, loneliness, and escape are what come to mind. It may be due to personal, emotional, or physical struggles, but generally there is always a reason we feel homeless.

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Granted, I am not homeless because I have an actual home, but at times, we have all felt homeless, or better yet – frightened, lonely, and unprotected. There is some sort of connection there, even if it isn’t distinct. I guess my heart feels connected to them in some sort of way, which is part of the reason I decided to collaborate on the #HELLO2015 project with my cousin, Rima Amin. As you’d expect, a lot of homeless people have New Year’s resolutions of finding a home, but what we wanted to capture from this video was that there are a lot of other things that homeless people want to go out and achieve, just like us. We made it our New Year’s resolution to make their New Year’s resolutions known and give others and ourselves a different perspective outside of our own.

One can become homeless in a blink of an eye, but what I find the most fascinating are homeless people who are actually optimistic and see a way out of their homelessness.

Whilst working on our project, we ran across many homeless people. There were quite a few that touched me.  There was a little bubbly and charismatic girl. We had given her cookies that we had baked, and that simple gesture made her so happy despite the fact that she didn’t have a home. It’s the simple things that should make us happy. We should be grateful for what we have (life) regardless of our current situation.

Another man by the name of Stanley really touched my heart. In this short clip of our project below, Stanley delivers his message to the world.

 

It is granted that I wasn’t able to provide a home for these people, but I was able to gain perspective from them. This is the vision I have for my blog: imperfect perspective. We all have different points of view, but imperfection is perfection to a beautiful perspective.

Check out our #HELLO2015 New Year’s Resolution project below.

 

Check out Stanley’s special shout-out to his family below.

 

Because the homeless read too…Check out the clip below.