Homeless in Vancouver: A sign of despair or responsibility or both?

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Someone went to some trouble to make the big signs I found yesterday in a Dumpster up near Cambie Street.

They were nearly the size and shape of doors; made from thin, flimsy plywood and well-covered in black chalkboard paint.

All for these two throwaway messages scrawled in white chalk:

“The less I needed, the better I felt” and “when you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead”.

If I didn’t know better—and I don’t—I’d say it was someone raising a family and paying off a mortgage. 

Stanley Q. Woodvine is a homeless resident of Vancouver who has worked in the past as an illustrator, graphic designer, and writer. Follow Stanley on Twitter at @sqwabb.

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