Pride, Joy, and Regrets

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Bruce, 1980-

“Even when I’m dancing, I’m entertaining somebody, I’m putting a smile on their face. Or if I’m cooking, and they’re enjoying my cooking, I also put a smile on their face.”

What am I most proud of? In my past, homeless or not, it was just helping others. I don’t know, but for some reason, what makes me happy is if I put a smile on someone else’s face. If they’re happy, I’m happy. I don’t know why I feel that way. If I have to sacrifice certain things of my own, if I sacrifice my own wants and needs, I will do it, I think it’s worth the sacrifice. One of my dreams is to help others who are struggling. I think that is the meaning of life, it goes to waste if it is not lived happy.

Just the other day, I had some money leftover, cleaning somebody’s backyard, and I went to a Thai restaurant and ordered Pad Thai. I started eating and a homeless guy and girl, a couple, came up, and they said, ‘Hey, sorry to bother you during your meal, but can we have your leftovers when you’re done?’ And I thought to myself, ‘There’s not going to be any leftovers,’ he laughs. But I said, ‘You know guys, just give me a second’, and I took another bite and gave them the rest. They said in return, ‘We wish we could show you our gratitude’, but I thought, the fact that you’re smiling is enough gratitude for me. Even when I’m dancing, I’m entertaining somebody, I’m putting a smile on their face. Or if I’m cooking, and they’re enjoying my cooking, I also put a smile on their face.

My Biggest regret? That’s a hard one. If it was up to me and if I can turn back the hands of time, but still have my state of mind, I would do everything different. But if I changed the hands of time and I’d do everything different, but I’m a whole different person, then I have no regrets.



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