A few weeks ago, while driving to work listening to Matt and Jane, I was inspired by a man who walks the streets and gives the ‘homeless’ free haircuts around Melbourne. How many of us, including myself at times, would just walk past a homeless person and not read what’s on their sign?
We don’t know their story or their struggle, or how they got to where they are today. Nasir Sobhani is an admirable young man, who has overcome his own struggle with addiction.
It’s been a pleasure to have him feature on the blog, and we thought it would be nice to give him a little something in return. I’m putting together a little care package for Nasir of sanitisers, tissues and wet-wipes to hand out to those in need. If you would like to donate goods, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I don’t think I am doing anything particularly important. I just love God, and service to others is service to God because the Baha’i Faith states that, “…work done in the spirit of service is worship”. I really love this quote from the Baha’i writings which goes: “Let them at all times concern themselves with doing a kindly thing for one of their fellows, offering to someone love, consideration, thoughtful help. Let them see no one as their enemy, or as wishing them ill, but think of all humankind as their friends; regarding the alien as an intimate, the stranger as a companion, staying free of prejudice, drawing no lines.”
There’s this guy who was washing the windows at this barber shop I first worked at, who’d inspired me to cut for the less-fortunate on the street, after I gave him his first proper haircut in 5-years. He told me one thing that really got to me. He told me that when he was cleaning cars for the past few years, there was a difference between cleaning a regular person’s car and then cleaning a taxi drivers car, because taxi drivers have long shifts and they’re usually all alone because they are driving people they don’t know. So, they try and stay on the phone to stop themselves from going mad. So when you clean the cab, you could see the joy of having an interaction with a human being who actually cared about them, they weren’t just using them for what they were doing, you know?
It was an interesting conversation, I didn’t really understand it at first, but it kind of made me realise that he was just trying to say, that someone taking time out of their day to do something for someone else, was what was needed.
A homeless person doesn’t get the respect and attention needed. Money can be given, but something as meaningless as money is not going to do anything. Food, shirts, you know there’s a lot of places for them to eat food in the city. You know there’s no way a homeless person’s going to go hungry in the city of Melbourne, because the city has such an amazing system for the homeless but I just figured human interaction with them, companionship, from someone who just genuinely wants to know about them, is going to really help them out.
So, letting them know that they are worthy of human interaction is actually the main thing here. Trying to create empathy not sympathy. I feel like we do that a lot for homeless people and the more sympathy you and I give them, the more they’re going to feel worthless. Empathy is very different. I want to help them with something that’s going to help them get on their own two-feet and just bounce up and be like, “you know what, I can do this, I’m a new man, I’m a new woman, I’m a new whatever”, and hopefully with that comes a change in regards to my final outcome and goal.
I think the hope that with a clean cut and a fresh makeover, it will inspire them to make a clean start in life, with a new found sense of confidence and a positive outlook. If they feel others value them, perhaps they will begin to value and respect themselves more than they already do.
To make a sacrifice is to receive a gift. So with me giving people so much with no return – the truth is, I get so much in return. It’s to see the joy and confidence change in someone I’ve worked with, and I also get more practice. I’m just really doing what I love man.
In regards to my advice, there is so much true joy and sincere happiness when you don’t need a vice or some kind of escape. When it’s natural and comes from within, then that’s true happiness.
Also you focus more on the betterment of mankind and yourself. It’s not an easy step to becoming sober, but no one said being good is easy. Things definitely get easier. Also rehab and professional help is a MUST, generally. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It generally takes a better man or woman to seek help.
I don’t try and do crazy cuts man. I just try and execute a very nice cut every time…
Probably the hi-lo fade – check my instagram page 🙂
Also what’s next is, we’re trying to put together short videos online of all my cuts on the streets, to give people a chance to see the change visually.
Keep an eye out…I’ll be posting stuff on my social media platforms.
Edited by Souha Intani