Positive Distractions

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Bruce, 1980-

“All these surroundings [of ordinary people] are positive distractions. They are all anti-drugs, anti-depression, they keep you out of harm’s way. But if you are homeless, what have you?”

The music that I love listening to keeps me out of harm’s way. I wish there was more positive distractions. I think one of the problems with homeless people, drugs and alcohol, is that there’s not enough distraction. Teenagers have drug centers. A drug center you can do all kinds of stuff, that’s your positive distraction, that’s your positive activities to occupy your time, and on top of that, you have your friends and family, and video games. You have all these things to distract you, and they are all positive. Adults have their 9 to 5 jobs, adults have college and such, adults still have friends and family and video games, if they like. All these surroundings are positive distractions. They are all anti-drugs, anti-depression, they keep you out of harm’s way.

But if you are homeless, what have you? If there is another homeless that is negative and they are trying to bring you down with their drugs and alcohol, what have you as a positive distraction? I just got a phone, got it really cheap, which has my music on it, and this right here, he points at his cellphone, is a distraction from drugs and alcohol, or anything else that is negative. It’s very difficult; it’s a challenge, but I don’t want to stay homeless.



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