Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sheltered Living

It has been an interesting experience indeed; being without a residence! Liberating, tiresome, frustrating, exhilarating, and sometimes depressingly lonely. I love my life, I miss my children, and I miss sleeping on a mattress. Simplicity and simplifing your life is fundamental to surviving the vagabond existence. The biggest risk factor I have found in living at a shelter is the influence that others at the shelter can have upon you; if you allow it. I am generally a quiet person and I try to be careful who I associate with. Folks can bring you down even if you are having a great day. My advice for today is to surround yourself with positive influences. Seek out likeminded individuals, those with positive goals and good morals. Your day will go much smoother! Remember that life is a gift, and give goodness to those around you and it will return back to you. God Bless. And thank you for reading.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Homeless but not without a 'home'

Yesterday marks the one-month anniversary of sleeping in my car. Sleeping in my 1995 Camaro isn't as bad as I had anticipated. Fortunately I have lots of pillows and blankets to provide ample comfort. The main problem I've had is police. I have been approached a few times but my license is valid and up to date. I have had a few friends let me stay in their house for a few days at a time and I am very grateful. I've learned a lot about nomadic life and surviving the elements. BUG SPRAY is a must in Michigan; let me tell you, and sun-screen. The first few days outside the temperature was in the upper eighties, and I managed to get a nice little sunburn. Spending time admiring nature has been the biggest positive result of my living situation. I walk downtown all day between meals and stop occasionally at the library to cool off and/or draw. I have a new outlook on homelessness in America. It is very interesting to meet those who are homeless; during my mealtime at the shelter. Washtenaw county has a nice shelter which has provided me lunch and dinner Monday through Friday.