It’s funny how things change.

I was getting ready to go somewhere in my van today from my neighborhood when I noticed a guy that seemed to be loitering in his car.  He was parked behind my van.  Who knows why he was sitting there in his car.  Maybe he was waiting for someone.

I looked pointedly at his license plate and I wrote it down.  I wanted him to know that I was watching him.  That I had noticed him.

I didn’t even think until later that maybe he was just a a free sleeper like I used to be (around 3 and a half months ago!).  Maybe he just needed a cool place to park so he could nap or read or whatever.  Poor guy.  I hope I didn’t make him feel bad.

I’m surprised at how quickly I’ve adapted to living in a house and how protective I am of my safe space.  I feel a little ashamed that I have forgotten so quickly what it is like to just need a safe spot to park and rest.


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 Perspective

  1. Ryu says:

    Maybe he was planning a robbery!

    America is really two different countries.

    Free-sleeping is essentially criminal. There is no law against it, though it scares the upper and middle classes. People in America with money hate those without it. A man goes from minding his own business to minding other people’s businesses.

    There are no safe places. That’s what the middle and upper classes don’t understand. It does not matter how many fences they build or cops they hire. Safety is a state of mind.

    Capitalists con people that they can buy security; they can buy some of it but not all that they want. A house is not safety. It is a different form of prison. It’s maybe the safety of a slave, because now they have to feed that house.

    • Maureen, Living in a Van says:

      I don’t know if it’s the free-sleeping itself that bother people. It’s that they have the idea that there is something inherently wrong with people who are doing it.

      I’d love to get the numbers on how many people come out of homelessness. I think a lot of people do. Remember, a lot of the homeless are invisible. It’s not just the guy with the shopping cart that’s homeless. Most homeless probably still have jobs!

  2. Sam says:

    Just a small glimpse into the minds of the people that have observed you and your van through the years. Not a bad thing, just goes to show how we all want to protect ourselves.

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