“Happiness is a choice.”


Make at least 5 people smile. That is Curtis’ goal everyday. In the midst of the hopelessness found in Skid Row, he is like a breath of fresh air. His radiance beaming from his face. “Happiness is a choice” he told me. Life was never easy for Curtis. Coming from a broken and abusive family. He nearly wrecked his life doing drugs. Living on the streets for many years he learned what really matters.¬†“We are here on this earth to make a positive impact, there are hurting people everywhere.” Even though Curtis himself is homeless, he volunteers countless hours at the shelters to help others in need. He dreams of becoming a motivational speaker one day to inspire others to never lose hope. He also enjoys writing, particularly about being positive and finding peace. Curtis makes me smile.