“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.