“In Europe, I’ve seen everything. Poland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany, Spain, France, everything. If I tell you the story of each country… we’ll never finish! I take all of this with humour, you see. If you take it negatively it’s your problem, you will go mad. I’ve seen it all, and nothing shocks me anymore.
I think I’m normal, I think people are all crazy. If you ask everyone, it’s impossible that you won’t find someone who sees a psychologist, who takes medication. After all that happened to me, my life, all that I’ve done, all of this without a psychologist, without anything, and I’m doing good mentally. Another person would’ve become mad on the streets. That’s it my brother. Sometimes I say hamdoullah I did it without medication, without anything. It’s true I smoke hash, but that’s nothing.
When you live on the streets there are different styles. You can sleep on the streets and you can stay normal, stay clean and all. And you can sleep on the street and become depressed. This depends on you. No one is going to help you. Some people want you to die. We live in a shitty society. Things were good before, at the time of your father, of my father, your grand-father. There was no need for contract to get a job, there was no need for anything. Tak tak he shakes your hand, welcome. Now the contract, the visa, all of this… Anyway, we’re all going to die and we’re not going to take anything with us. Even Michael Jackson, how much did he have? He didn’t take anything! Tupac… what did he take?
It’s Hamdoullah as I told you, but it’s a mess. Hamdoullah for the health. But reality is shitty. I like this life like this, I do whatever I want. When you’re in the system, you work, you can’t do what you want. I used to have to calculate for everything, even for a coffee. You work but you can’t spend your money as you want. You have to pay for this and this, it’s normal. But I tell you, everyone lives the way they want. If you want to live normally, that’s up to you. If you want to stay on the streets, you also need to know how to live on the streets.”
(Quai Ernest-Ansermet | translated from French)