Life Opinion

Making the best out of a bad situation.

I’ve had it good and bad. Currently, I’m dealing with a mess of epic proportions. Before I get into the mess, I want to share positivity. Regardless of how bad you might have it, you only have one life to live. Make the best of it. Why do certain people have relatively easy and carefree lives to live and others are dealing with hell seven days a week? I have no idea. I guess the world is like that for some reason. 

Before I go any further. Disclaimers: Use this information at your own risk. I’m not a doctor. I’m not a lawyer. Results are not guaranteed. All information is subject to change. 

My opinion is do not turn to smoking, do not turn to alcohol, do not turn to partying, and try to eat as healthy as possible. When the future is uncertain, people might stop taking care of themselves. Believe me, you want to live. The older you get the more you realize you want to stick around on this earth as long as possible. I’m 43 years young and I want to live regardless of how much negativity I have to deal with on a daily basis. 

YouTube video, Alcohol use disorder: Mayo Clinic Radio

I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t party. I eat healthily. I started out life in a decent place. Nassau County on Long Island. I went to Hewlett High School and I grew up in Woodmere, New York. I didn’t have any money growing up but my family took care of everything. Food, clothes, etc. I never had a great relationship with my parents. About 10 years ago my life was turned upside down. I was providing web marketing services for companies and everything was moving in the right direction. The sky was the limit. Hopefully, it still is. 

To make a long story short people I know paid the NYPD and New York law enforcement to torture me. Thank God I do not have a criminal record. If I had a criminal record before the people who I know paid the NYPD to torture me, I would be in prison right now. I’m always polite to everyone in person, including the Police, even though they torture me. There is no point in giving people a reason to lie and say you’re out of control. When I was growing up I would see people complain about the Police on TV every once in a while. Now that I see first hand how dirty the Police play I can not believe it. The average person has no idea how evil the Police are. Of course, if you have an emergency call 911. Just because this is my experience doesn’t mean it will be yours. I’m just making the point that the Police will set you up in a New York minute regardless if you are innocent or not and not lose one second of sleep about it. 

The reason I share this with you is that I know others have it as bad as me. You might be living in an unsafe situation, you might be broke, you might be in a shelter, you might be homeless, you might be in a relationship that isn’t beneficial for you. I’m not sure about other states but as evil and corrupt as New York is they do have a lot of services if you go bust financially. They have food stamps, cash assistance, shelters, job placement, free job training, free clothes from churches, and things like that.

I’m homeless right now. I was assigned to a homeless shelter in Jamaica, Queens. I wouldn’t go back there if you offered me $10 million dollars to sleep there for one night. That’s not because the shelter was so bad, it is because the Police were harassing me there 24-7. I’m a Midtown and Upper East Side person. I sleep in chairs on the subway platform when its cold and I sleep on benches outside when it’s warm. Come to think of it there were some shootings around the shelter in Jamaica, Queens. Still, besides the Police and their civilian sabotage team harassing me, I felt safe. On a scale of one to ten of safety, I felt like a six.

YouTube video, Alcohol And The Heart from the Cleveland Clinic.

The library has free computers to use. There are benefits from the government. If money is not the issue, I’m telling you right now think long term. All the stuff in the news about global warming and climate change might be real but it doesn’t mean throw your life away. Believe me, rich people aren’t. I was watching videos on YouTube about the effects of alcohol and smoking on the body. For the most part, the effects are negative. There are videos also saying how a little bit of alcohol is beneficial for the body. Again, I’m not a doctor. Talk with a doctor if you want specifics. I stay away from alcohol, I don’t drink at all. In my opinion, it’s a waste of money.

YouTube video, The Health Effects of Marijuana – Expert Q&A from Michigan Medicine.

If you are frustrated, make the best of it. Seek out the help you need. Again, I’m not sure about other places, in New York there is a lot of support available for people. For example, I get food stampes, cash assistance, student loans, and additional benefits. It’s not that much in total but it’s enough to survive. I’m broke and homeless and I’m going to college. I’m making the best of my situation.

If you are comfortable or rich and you are having problems don’t throw your life away with partying. I promise you, you will regret it. My dream is financial freedom. I want to have a nice secure place to live. Money for food. I want to be able to spend my time how I desire without having to work a job I don’t want to do just to survive. In a perfect world, I’d like to blog, vlog and work on my startups.

The Police and their civilian sabotage team tease and harass me constantly. I’m not turning to drinking or smoking. I don’t fight back either. The other day I was attacked by someone who works for the Police. She started pushing me around the subway and stole my brand new unlimited monthly MetroCard out of my wallet. If I would have fought back there would be ten witnesses saying I started it. That I know for a fact. I went to the NYPD 17th Precinct for a Police report and they said no. Big surprise.

YouTube video, The Health Effects of E-cigarettes from UNC Health Care.

At the end of the day, you have to make the best out of your situation. To everyone who is trying to lift themselves up out of a nightmare situation all over the world don’t give up. I am rooting for you. Don’t throw your life away. I have seen numerous people throughout the years lift themselves up from almost nothing and now they are living comfortable and productive lives. Time is going to fly regardless. Do everything you can to set yourself up for a better life and at least you can say you tried. Don’t sabotage yourself because of frustration. 

By Mark Pine

Startups, Marketing, Motivation