Homeless for a year

A friend of mine likes Ted Talks.  They are…I’m not sure what they are.  I think they are supposed to inspire us.  So, since I sleep in a van (I don’t live there, I just sleep there, which is why I call myself a free-sleeper) I wanted to hear what Becky Blanton had to say about her year sleeping in her van.

I have to tell you, I’m a pretty sceptical person so take what I say with a grain of salt.  And Becky, if you are a super nice person and your experience was very real to you, I apologize in advance.  (but not much because I’m pretty sure you are rewarded handsomely for unwittingly or not, advancing the Ted agenda). There is something about the Ted Talks that seem a bit pre-packaged to me. As I alluded to above, they seem to have an agenda and it’s not the same as my agenda.

If you watch the video which I will link below, you will see that Becky dresses very masculinely so I immediately wonder if she is a lesbian.  A quick google search confirms that she is indeed a lesbian and even has a an article on the net about finding your inner lesbian.  I didn’t read it because if I have one, I certainly don’t want to find her.

Anyway, I can’t make homosexuals stop doing what they do but I DO get tired of having them shoved in my face all the time.  It’s part of the reason I stopped watching TV.

I also noticed when I did my quick research that Becky is Jewish.  So a question that comes to my mind is, would a heterosexual, Christian, non-Jewish woman’s experience be interesting to the Ted Talks people?  Jewish people are only around 2% of the population in the United States but I am seeing them everywhere.  It’s strange.  And it is said that only up to 10% of the population has some sort of “gay attraction” much less a gay lifestyle, but still we see gay people CONSTANTLY on television (I watch it sometimes with friends).  Why is this?

Anyway, Becky was homeless for a year.  Not because she didn’t have any money, but because she wanted to process the death of her father.  She was one of the “hidden” homeless, like I was for a long time, so she never spent much time with what I believe she called the real or truly homeless people but her preachy little speech seems to want to tell us what to feel about “hopeless” homeless people.

I don’t like when people say that homeless people feel they have no hope as a man told Becky.  There IS hope for a better life.  I know of a man who was a drug addict.  He was forced to go to a program for a YEAR to help him get off drugs.  He was tired of doing drugs and when he got out of the program, he didn’t do drugs anymore and his life is slowly getting better.  The program worked for him because he was ready and will to stop using drugs.  If won’t work for people who aren’t ready and willing though.

I don’t think it’s good to promote an attitude of hopelessness to the “real” homeless people.  BUT at the same time, SHE found hope because she had connections.  She was already a published writer and she is what the powers that be obviously want a lot of right now, homosexual and Jewish.  After over two years of free-sleeping, eating at soup kitchen, and actually BEING with “hopeless” homeless people, I certainly don’t have anyone asking me to do a a Ted Talk.

Where am I going with this?  I don’t know…just rambling I guess.  I guess I want you all to notice when you are being propagandized.  And I guess that I want to say that hope comes in many forms.  Most homeless people are going to have a heck of a time getting out of homelessness.  They don’t have the health, the intellect or the connections that Becky did.  But I believe most of them, if they want it bad enough, can claw their way back to some semblance of normalcy.

So here’s the link.

While checking out Becky Blanton, I found this article which was interesting and mostly truthful.

Comments please!!!  I know you’re out there!








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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4 Responses to Homeless for a year

  1. Tina says:


    I don’t see the link for the Ted Talk.


  2. B says:

    Yeah, being homeless by choice, and doing it while processing grief, is hardly representative of homeless. So I agree – she has no business generalizing about the homeless.

    And I’ve also noticed that about the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks – they seem to be scripted. The “path” through the speech seems to be the same for most of them. There are exceptions though – a few of them are pretty wonderful.

  3. Ryu says:

    Alright, I’ll watch it. She seems a bit too proud of it, like it’s a big thing. For many, it’s a way of life. She’s just a freesleeper tourist. She’ll write her piece then go back to the middle class.

    There’s something ugly about modern charity. There’s alot of pride in the giver. No one likes to be pitied or looked down upon.


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