WSPAK – Poland
WARSAW, Poland – Lukasz sells the street newspaper WSPAK. He spent most of his life in the small town of Hajnowka, which he says he both loves and hates.“In 2003, just before my graduation from high school, I lost my mother and a few months later my dad passed away. Life had to go on. I continued post-secondary education specializing in electroradiology. It would not have been possible without the help of my aunt, who gave me shelter through this period. After obtaining professional qualifications I had to go back to Hajnówka to look after my sick grandparents. There I decided to carry on with further education.
In November, at the beginning of the second year of my higher studies, I told family and friends that I was gay. I want to tell you this, too, because I want to live in harmony with myself.
Electroradiology gave me a lot of satisfaction. In June 2010, the Children’s Health Center in Warsaw took me on an internship. At the same time I started yet another course in social studies.
The future looked brighter. And then my grandfather died. A few months later, when I was working at Alzheimer Patients’ Center, I had a mental break down followed by clinical depression. I found consolation in alcohol. I neglected everything: family, friends, school. I spent all my money on drink. I took out loans.
In mid-January 2012 it dawned on me that what I was doing was just so wrong. I realized that alcohol was not the solution, only an escape. At the end of May, a friend made an appointment for me to see a psychologist. Psychotherapy helped me a lot.
Slowly I started to sort my life out. Soon I found a permanent job as a security guard. A few weeks later I learned about WSPAK. With nothing to lose I decided to try selling the street paper. I also knew that there I would meet people who – just like me – did not have an easy life. This was a very good decision.
My dreams and plans for the future? First of all I would like to get back into working as an electroradiologist. With that I feel like a fish in water. This is my world. I also love to sing. I would like to develop my musical talent and I secretly hope that one day, sometime in the not too distant future, I can make a record. WSPAK and the people there taught me that everything is possible. Now I believe that there are just beautiful moments ahead.”