Just a thought provoking thing I heard from a homeless man.

Kristian (@lordcat) 9 years, 10 months ago

Talking to a homeless man today (I bought him cigarettes because he only had aload of change an he was a euro short) He was kinda drunk so he didn’t make much sense, but one thing he said as I said goodbye was "Remember this, It will take only 2 seconds of your time. I read something once that said "Hell isn’t a place you go too. Hell is the moment before you die, when you meet the person you could have become"

What a terrible hell that would be right?

March 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm
Haakon (5) (@hawcon) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Well said indeed :) Oh yeah, stay strong Shelby! Rooting for ya ;)

Tom (39) (@lonewanderer) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

“Imagine if you will being on your death bed – And standing around your bed – the ghosts of the ideas, the dreams, the abilities, the talents given to you by life.

And that you for whatever reason, you never acted on those ideas, you never pursued that dream, you never used those talents, we never saw your leadership, you never used your voice, you never wrote that book.

And there they are standing around your bed looking at you with large angry eyes saying we came to you, and only you could have given us life! Now we must die with you forever.

The question is – if you die today what ideas, what dreams, what abilities, what talents, what gifts, would die with you? “
– Les Brown

Filip (2,818)M (@filipek) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

I do not agree at all. Meeting the person you ‘could’ have been is nothing positive at all. When this ‘person you could have been’ would have been a ‘better’ version of what you are (as the homeless man implies), it only means you did not live your life as you should, so who’s fault is that?

Tom (39) (@lonewanderer) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

@Phil W. – Thats not the point, what he is saying is hyperthetical, and he is saying don’t wait till the moment you are about to day to suddenly realise you have never lived, and to regret it with no chance to change it.

Tom (39) (@lonewanderer) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

@Phil W. *should say die not day

Luigi (1,453) (@luigiblue) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

That is amazing. Got a small dose of chills there.

I met a homeless man outside of a hockey arena once and I noticed no one would even look at him so I called him over and we talked for a good 10 minutes. The guy was a genius, everything he said was in great perspective. Homeless men are just like you and I except they had the balls to say fuck the man and live life free.

BirdFlyingHigh (152) (@birdflyinghigh) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Homeless people usually have better perspective on society because they actually get hired to do a lot of shady shit that most people don’t know about. Homeless people and transients are a lot of times used as the “eyes and ears” of various shady powerful people. It sounds crazy because it is crazy, but I’ve talked to enough people to know it’s true.

Homeless people have just as many connections as you and I… and sometimes are well paid by them because people know they have a price.

like I said, I’ve heard of some interesting shit.

Satori (2,211)C (@stephaniekaitlyn) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Homeless people can be so damn insightful

victor (2) (@victor) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Being insightful isn’t really anything if you’re going to lie around and do jackshit with your life

Anonymous (13) (@) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

belie dat. there was this hobo that I would always see outside of school. He would always give everyone advise and he was right about everything he talked about.

Anonymous (2,654) (@) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

I’ve been talking with a homeless person on a bus station. I was surprised he knew the lyrics of all rock songs when I started playing them to him. And I was also surprised that he was actually on the run from the police. Good times. Poor man, he had his two arms broken and was dealing with a mentally ill girlfriend.
But there’s one thing that I remembered that made an impression on me.
He said: “The most beautiful bird lands only once on your shoulder.”

Rusty (2) (@ellesdee) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

As i was walking into the gocery store the other day a homeless man approached me with his hand out and just as he was about to speak I asked him if he could spare a couple of bucks for a cup of coffee. He had no wisdom to share, in fact his profanity laced reply to my request was neither profound nor awe inspiring.

Dominika (55) (@dominika) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

I dont understand why people sometimes prepare during their whole lives for the afterlife. Its simple: If youre a ‘good’ person, youre literally in heaven on earth through karma, just basic cause and effect. If youre a bad intentioned person, then youre making your own life hell. Of course good and bad are completely relative, so ill leave that up to individual interpretation.

Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Woah. Never heard that before. Another homeless man prophet.

daveb (119) (@daveb) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

I’ve met some cabbies in the same category – not the ones that ramble on and on, but the quiet ones can say a lot in a few words if you create the right opportunity.

Jared Edwards (128) (@jaredwards) 9 years, 10 months ago ago


TheSkaFish (962)M (@theskafish) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

@birdflyinghigh, what are some examples of some of the things they do, or shady groups they work for? Sounds interesting, to say the least.

Chris (74) (@comicsanmc) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

I’m with you. Hoping to be the someone you could have been is like wishing death upon the person you are now. The experiences and choices you have had, have defined you as a person and make you, you. It’s like wanting to be George Clooney because he’s rich an famous.

A Soma a day keeps the sads at bay!

BirdFlyingHigh (152) (@birdflyinghigh) 9 years, 9 months ago ago

@TheSkaFish I heard a new weird venture that’s getting started with homeless people is that they can make money by hiring themselves out as a wireless hotspot. There’s a company that’ll pay them to hang a wifi thing around their neck and then people can come up and pay them for using it.

Umm, and really it’s just one of those things where if you have enough money to pay them off, you can hire someone to do something for you. Just one thing, like maybe watch someone in particular or other dirty work.

Anonymous (0) (@) 9 years, 9 months ago ago

My favorite street prophet. Hilarious

James (38) (@tanner) 9 years, 9 months ago ago

@cosmiclemonade, not quite sure what I just witnessed, but it felt satisfying

Tyler Jones (4) (@tbone) 9 years, 9 months ago ago

I don’t normally see homeless people, but when I do I help them out. I have smoked a J with a blind man in Austin(giving him a ride) He found me walking down the street and I took him to a halfway home or something of the sort. The strange thing was that he knew every street I was going to come up on, in order. He knew the place like the back of his hand but couldn’t see. Crazy. There is a similar story in Orlando after the hitting the club, but I’ll save that one for later.

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