This post, written by Mitch Cameron, was originally published in the July 2012 issue of the Santos Place Q-Notes, a newsletter written by and published for the residents of Santos Place. Santos Place is Solid Ground’s transitional housing program for single adults at Sand Point Housing.
The New Guy
Today I am the New Guy, I moved into Santos Place two weeks ago.
Tomorrow I may be the Old Guy, who can say.
My past is unimportant, it is behind me; I won’t compete with anyone for the best story.
My future is before me and it may be formed by fate or destiny, I don’t know; I choose to believe I make my own future.
I try to live in the here and the now, this day, this moment; I am still learning.
I am the Slow Guy with a limp, except when I am on a bicycle where I am more free to travel in harmony and with speed.
I am no different than most people; I am an imperfect human who wishes to be a part of something to better myself and to be loved and respected.
I am the New Guy and I wish to treat all people the way I wish to be treated; with dignity and respect.
I am the New Guy, if you can, give me helpful advice, I will gladly accept and give back if I can; or a friendly greeting and I will do the same.
I am the New Guy and I have lost my way in this world and my confidence is slow to return.
I am the New Guy and I love the Great Northwest and the outdoors; including fishing and camping.
I am a Veteran of the Vietnam War and I still remember being spit upon while wearing my uniform, but still I remain “The New Guy.”