Jide Alakija

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The things I do in my spare time. On my way from a party I was asked to cover I thought since I had the camera I'd thought I'd do some night window shopping!

Sometimes I find that leaving a bar is and going for a walk around central London is a good time to reflect on life, I'm doing this a lot of the time I'm out these days and I quite enjoy it. What I mean is walking down the neon lit streets of London watching everyone, young boys and girls expressing their sometimes drunken joy and meloncholy, playing around aimlessly. Some of them still in queues into clubs and bars at 3AM hoping to catch the last dance! You get a sense that there is another life outside your normal daily.

I think the bit that does get me during these moments are the homeless. What do they get out of all of this. I really feel for them but also feel for us with homes too. During a conversation I had with one, I was told that he'd been on the streets for 35 years! He had had offers to live with some very nice people who gave him a room, but he felt clusterphobic after a few days. He can't see himself living anywhere else. This is really strange since I have lived on the streets, well for only two days and I felt so lost! (well I had no hotel booked on one holiday so I slept on the streets for two days till I got one, some stupid things I've done in the past eh?)

The fact that someone can call the streets home might actually be an indication of true freedom, what do you think? I would say more on this but I can see I am just ranting now. Just something to think about, if you ever have time speak to a homeless person, obviously do it where there are loads of people around and you'll learn some very profound insights about life.

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As a kid back home there was this wino who lived in the local park. I talked to him every day right up until they found him dead. He was the most intelligent man I have ever had a conversation with and he could read the Wall Street Journal from front to back in under 5 minutes and know and undersatnd everything he read. His name was Wine Jack, I never got to learn his real name.

I understand where your coming from bro but I think you'll find most people will not want to engage in a conversation of this nature.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Johnny.
You make a good point. But I think many of these people need mental health intervention and or drug and alcohol counseling and lack the insight to know that living on the streets is perhaps not the place they should be.
Jide Alakija: Interesting....one to really think about. But not all of them haev the same degree of mental instability. Some have been driven to that point but then again sanity is relative, we all have our own instabilities....what am I even talking about???? Thanks for your comment Laurie.
  • Ellie
  • on my chair
  • 30 May 2007, 00:54
An interesting perspective on an age-old problem. It's 'normal' in our society to live in a building at a fixed address, some people simply don't work that way and prefer to be out of doors all the time and to 'stay' in different places almost every night. it gives them security. It's a pity they can't be accommodated.

I know people who feel claustrophobic (their term) when they're out in the countryside where all they can hear are birds singing, and others who detest cities. Who's right?

I won't comment about the young people, because I know where my children are at that time in the morning!
Jide Alakija: LOL...Thanks Ellie, I'm not even relatively old but I can see what your point of view.
  • Freddie
  • USA
  • 31 May 2007, 23:20
In my line of work i have met and worked with pple that used to be homeless and i have discovered that after a few years on the streets they get used to it and will not do very well with a roof over their head. Its simply life as they know it.
I know this guy that was given a very nice apartemt and would disappear most of the time and eventually, he just wanted to be back in the streets cos he had so much stuff to take care of living in his own place. I totally agree that being homeless is an indication of freedom cos they have no responsibilities except lookin out for themselves. This shld give pple something to reflect on..life without a shred to responsibility and being grateful for the things we have.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Freddie for your insights. I really agree with you on that note about us taking for granted their freedom.

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