‘Streets of London’ by Ralph McTell featuring the Crisis Choir and guest vocalist Annie Lennox
Since being back in the UK I have been homeless. I was not coming right back into work, and when I left, the erstwhile landlord sold the flat which I had been living in. So back I came with not a great deal of money (Barbados and Canada were holidays spent with the help from family/friends). I had the choice of emptying pockets of said family/friends on a single room for a few months or going it alone. Not much of a choice as said family/friends are definitely not wealthy and one can stretch benevolence and friendship only so far – until it pops. I certainly did not wish to test them. So off I went into the world of ‘homelessness’.
In truth it was not my first sortie into this grey area of societal living. I figured it would only be for a few months anyway and hey, I was older and stronger this time around and knew the ropes so to speak. Besides, said family/friends were still there in the wings. In fact I did take advantage of their sofas and other hospitality from time to time.
It has turned out to be a strangely re-affirming experience. Understand me, I do not like the tag or the reality of ‘homelessness’ but something has once again shifted in me. I know my Destiny. No, I am not going to appraise you of it. Suffice it to say I have started on what appears to be a New Life. Would this still be so if I had come back and gone straight into a work-home cosy routine? Maybe not. Some say we create our destiny. I now say we fall into line with it; otherwise, what we have is merely ‘fate’.
Enjoy the video wot I’m in and Purchase/Download the tune if you may. The funds go to British Charity, Crisis.
Being homeless did not stop me from doing all the things I prefer. It made me focus on the things I am cut out (created?) to do, despite the trepidation. So yes, I am still singing and into the Arts – still living – but in a new kind of way. A more fearless way.
Locate your core and go for your Destiny.
Happy Christmas and a super holiday period to you.