Is Everybody Homeless?

Ryu, a frequent commenter on this blog made a comment I found very interesting yesterday.

“For 12+ hours of the day, I am also homeless. I just sleep, eat and do a bit of work there. We spend the vast majority of our time away from home. It’s just a matter of overcoming the aversion to the thing.”

It’s true for a lot of people.  If you work, shop, have a social life, etc. you might not actually spend a lot of time at home.  That’s really a shame because some of these homes cost….nearly everything!  How many hours does one have to work to afford these places? How many evil people does one have to deal with?  Ugh.  It’s not worth it to me…at least not right now.

I also ran into a lady the other day that said she spends a LOT of time at a certain eating establishment that has internet access.  She said that the son of the man she “lives with” doesn’t like her being around so she spends hours and hours in this restaurant studying.  I would say, she’s essentially homeless.  She has a place to stay at night but that’s about it.  (ok, she gets a little lovin’ but is she really loved?)  She’s in a hostile environment!  I’ll take my van everyday over that!

The irony here is that when you are supposedly “homeless” ie. living in your rv, van or car, the whole world can be your home!  You can learn to grow comfortable in other people’s homes, in libraries and coffee shops.  I’ve even begun to develop a special homey feeling toward some of my sleepspots!  It’s all about adapting to your environment and liking yourself!

You know what’s funny?  When I had my condo, I was extremely isolated.  I was a bit TOO comfortable there.  I didn’t really like leaving that much.  Sometimes I would make plans with friends and cancel at the last minute (that’s shamefully flakey, I know!) because it seemed like too much trouble!  The internet (and for some people TV) makes it too easy to feel just social enough to not venture out.  It’s an illusion though.

I’ve made at least one new real life friend since I started living in my van 3 months ago.  I’ve also spent more time with a couple of clients and old friends.  I want to do more as money permits.

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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6 Responses to Is Everybody Homeless?

  1. Ryu says:

    I think that it could be more comfortable to be homeless under certain circumstances.

    It is pain to have to commute home after work; it’s a waste of an hour. It’s very wasteful to have to drive all that way just to sleep in a private spot and it’s a high price to pay to spend a bit of time to myself just to drive back the next day.

    Just a small mental change and I think a person could see being homeless as an advantage; probably living in an RV or van is the next best thing if one can overcome the fear of someone breaking in, which can happen to a house too.

  2. Maureen says:

    Indeed. I have a few problems to solve and a few improvements to be made and I will be pretty satisfied. Just like maintaining a house, making my van a comfortable and safe place is a work in progress.

  3. Charles says:

    I understand what you are saying, never home except to eat and sleep, but being homeless is totally different, no where to to go to feel safe, call your own, do what you want without others watching, not having to worry if the police are going to make you leave. Being homeless is a different world from not spending time at home.

    • Maureen says:

      I feel safe almost all the time Charles. I doubt anyone is watching me either. People are mostly concerned with themselves.

      This is just my experience though. I’m sure my having a vehicle makes a huge difference.

      • Charles says:

        Yes, that is a big difference, I live in my van by choice, but here in the Nashville area, the folks I call truly homeless (sleeping rough or charity shelter), are chased away from some areas at night, not just high profile places but out of sight camping areas. I do stealth camping, most times where I work but sometimes go other places just for change. Will be traveling soon, want to see all the places I drove by when I drove a big truck. Life should be fun, Charles.

        • Maureen says:

          It seems very wrong to me to kick homeless people out of out of sight camping areas. They are denying people a basic human right. The right to sleep.

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