Fear and Comfort

The night before last I visited with a friend of mine. We had a great time and had a few drinks. I’m not officially out of my condo yet but since I was a bit tipsy and she lives 30 minutes away from me, I decided that rather than risk a drunk driving arrest or something, that I would sleep in the van in front of her house. They are in cramped quarters there so I didn’t want to ask to sleep there in her house. She lives in a neighborhood that is likely less safe than mine. Let’s just say there’s a bit more foot traffic…Anyway, I was a bit nervous about sleeping there. Being a little under the influence probably didn’t help. My imagination ran wild with scenarios of someone trying to break into the van. I have some protection and I’ll use it if necessary, but still. Every noise I heard made me jump. I thought I’d never get to sleep. Finally I did though and had a fairly comfortable night.

I say fairly comfortable because I slept in one of the bench seats and I can’t stretch my legs out all the way on it. I think what I will do for the future is put a box or something in front of the bench seat, where my feet are so I can sleep somewhat diagonally…and put my feet on the box. No sure if that makes sense. I also wasn’t really set up for sleeping in the van. On my first “real” nite after the moveout, I’ll have my yoga mat with a comforter on the seat for padding. I shouldn’t get too sore though…and if I do, I’m pretty sure some stretching in the morning will help.

On another note, a friend asked me last nite if by living in my van I would consider myself homeless. I guess technically I WILL be homeless but in my estimation, if you have a place to keep clothes and things…and a cushiony place to lay down that has a covering over it, you have a home of sorts. I’m not worried about the label of homelessness…I just think a person with a homebase like a van or car has a lot better quality of life than a person who has to sleep rough and can only carry one change of clothing. This isn’t a status question for me (I try not to worry too much about impressing others) but a question of practicality. Thoughts?

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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3 Responses to Fear and Comfort

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  2. Morgan says:

    I am 16-17. I am going to be living in a conversion van, and traveling-by choice. So, I think the homelessness idea is really based on your perspective-and to me, it’s not something I would consider a homeless situation.

    • Maureen, Living in a Van says:

      Hi Morgan, I agree. I have to ask, do your parents know you are going to do this? Please get back to us.

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