Thomas, 28- San Diego, CA

“I’ve been on and off the streets for a while now. I choose it, it’s a good life. I come from a strict family and to be out here, to be free, it’s an adventure. I get beachfront property for free! The world’s our oyster. I travel up and down the coast all the time. There are people from my hometown that are doing the exact same thing they were 10 years ago. Except they have a job, a little more permanent, make a little more money, but they haven’t moved, they haven’t done anything.”


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“I’ve learned to have gratitude for a lot of things out here. Life’s not about what you have or your material things.  It’s who you are and what you do as a person. Your intentions. That’s what really matters. It’s not the kind of car you have, how big your house is, what kind of job you have that’s important in the long run

I feel the more all of us learn that the less likely we’ll spend so much money on stupid materials and things like Gucci bags and Tom Ford sunglasses. You can leave whenever you want and go back to that square life, sit inside that square box looking at a square computer . Everywhere there are squares.”


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“People that look at me on the streets might be upset, some might be curious. They work hard for their stuff and they like what they have. They make payments on their cars and rent payments. I seem to be having just as much fun if not more fun then they are, but they don’t want to give up what they worked hard for to have this freedom and I understand that. I live by the Nietzsche quote, “Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music”.


“This adventure has come with its struggles, though. A lot of people out here struggle with addictions with Alcohol, heroin, all that. Alcohol had me really fucked up for a while. A big eye opener for was to see so many of my friends out here die from overdosing, cirrhosis of the liver, drunk mistakes, and murdering each other over drugs. There are dangerous temptations to this lifestyle and luckily I stayed away from that before it was too late.”

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