As someone who has trouble putting together an overnight bag, I am always amazed by the packing and transportation skills of the homeless in New York. The burden of dragging around your possessions on a daily basis is something I can only wonder at. Not just something for the next couple of days, but everything you own! It is hard to put yourself in that position, hard to imagine how the contents of a few grimy plastic bags tied to a trolly can become so important to an existence. How many of us just fling open the wardrobe and throw ‘something’ on without a thought? We ponder, agonize and concern ourselves with how the ‘look’ we have chosen for the day will be perceived by the world around us, by our families, workmates and friends. We twist and preen in front of mirrors to check ourselves out (not me, obviously) before we leave the house, because it is so important to project the right image, to complement our dynamic and generate an air of confidence.
Some of us would never admit to caring that much. Below, are some who just can’t.