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Keep it Real

by: Nerissha Hunt

By Nerissha HuntPublished 2 years ago Updated 2 years ago 3 min read

A lot of people look down on drug addicts and alcoholics. Why? Because society portrays them as negative people for the lifestyle that they lead. But. I’m going to tell you something. Call me crazy, but they are the realest people I know. They are honest about who they are and what they do, and they don’t try to hide what they do.

When they give advice, they do it in a way that’s not harsh or doesn’t hurt your feelings. The experiences that they have gone through taught them something about life and they share those experiences with you. You would be surprised at some of the things that these people have experienced.

It’s not always about that next fix, puff puff pass as I call it (referring to smoking weed) but instead, it’s about life. What gets me is how judgmental we can be about these people for living an opposite lifestyle from us. News flash people, nobody has been saved all their lives. Matter of fact, some of us church folks, not Christians, lived this very lifestyle.

I say church folks because there is a difference between church folks and Christians. Some people go to church because its tradition. Their parents took them to church on Sundays and sometimes more times than that, but they still didn’t learn anything. Church folks have nothing better to do than be in people’s business. Christians come to church to praise the Lord. Not to see who is wearing what, what hairstyle people have or who somebody came to church with.

A drug addict has a story. An alcoholic has a story. We all have stories. They have had some experience/experiences in their life that led to their addiction. I’m quite sure if you sit down and talk with them, you will see the honesty I am referring to.

There are things in this world that arent taught in school or by older people. Some of these things are learned from people in the streets. The statement "its not what you know, its who you know" is true in all cases.

Check yourself before you wreck yourself. That's the song, right? That's exactly what people need to do. Evaluate yourself before you try to check someone else. Remember, we are all addicted to or have been addicted to something. It doesnt have to be drugs or alcohol. You wreck yourself trying to worry about what the next person is doing.

People that society looks down upon are the ones that know the most. I say that because people go to school all the time and learn so much but when it comes down to certain things, some people are so high and mighty, they think that they know it all.

Truth be told, education is not everything. Some people feel that they are up on a pedestal. News flash, we are all the same. A street person, as they are referred to, doesnt need a crown or a pedestal. They have more sense than most with education. Education prepares you for a career, not for life experiences. You wont know what life is until you get out there and experience it for yourself.

They believe that because a person grew up and now has an alcohol or drug habit, the person can’t teach them anything. That person can teach you a whole lot; you just have to be willing to sit down and listen. To conclude my story I say this, the person in the streets knows more than you give them credit for. They can tell you more stories than any book you’ll ever read. One thing for sure: Wisdom and knowledge come from sheer experience.


About the Creator

Nerissha Hunt

Writing is not a talent; it's a gift. My stories are transparent. Not fact, not fiction. They are in a category to themselves.

You never know what to expect.

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