Homeless Etiquette

Being homeless is part of growing up and becoming an adult. As I write this I am homeless but have learned to accept certain unpalatable circumstances that stand in my way to earning a home and a job. If you have any money at all it will need to be budgeted and begging for change is a surefire way to get yourself exiled from the city you grew up in. Below is a list of dos and don’ts when it comes to being homeless.

Do these things:

  • Always be polite to anyone and everyone regardless if they are offering you help or not.
  • Maintain your positive personality or character with optimistic attitudes.
  • Be as frugal as possible with any and all resources you have.
  • Have an evacuation plan for every scenario you may encounter.
  • Hitting bottom may open opportunities to be degenerate. Steer clear of these decisions.
  • Stay out of the way of those who feel disdain of your presence.
  • Sleep where its legal to sleep. Loitering can put you in jail.

Don’t these things:

  • Yell or insult anybody around you. Terrorizing or scaring to any degree.
  • Interrupt somebody who is only trying to help, regardless if they understand you.
  • Give dirty looks to people who happen to be looking in your direction.
  • Allow your hygiene to get in the way of your social behavior.
  • Waste other peoples time by explaining your situation.
  • Make excuses as to why you want to remain homeless.
  • Judge anybody as there are those with more or less comfortable standards of living.

With these 7 do’s and don’ts you should be able to survive homelessness. If you have a car you are already doing better than most and you really shouldn’t complain since some if not most homeless people are sleeping under bridges without so much as a hat to wear. This article is a work in progress as I’m writing this from a hotel room my family paid for me stay in.