The hardest part about living in my van is the stigma. If people suspect it, it’s bad. Especially if you work for them. I think I have been very blessed with my handful of clients. They appreciate my services and don’t ask questions. I don’t ask them about their lives either.

Still, the non-profit I will be working for is going to make me a lot more visible. I need to look normal…or what passes for normal in this society. I want to make money again. I still want to live a simple life but without money, I have no power.

Power? Yeah, power. Power to travel to visit my family. I have family all over the country that I never see because I’m tied to a business and because I can’t afford a better car…or plane tickets or anything. It STINKS.

And power to help others. I would like to be able to help a family that is struggling. Or a bunch of families that are struggling. Or set up a foundation that takes donations and helps a ton of people that need help. That’s power.

It’s funny that I want to help others when I’m so destitute myself huh? I don’t feel destitute though (most days). I have my brain and the internet, my family, friends and my van. Most importantly I have hope. A lot of people have lost hope and that makes me so sad.

Hope is powerful.

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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2 Responses to Power

  1. Ryu says:

    It’s a strange thing. The poor are actually more charitable than the rich, who can afford it. No doubt, you’ve seen this.

    • Maureen, Living in a Van says:

      I’m not sure about that. I suspect that a lot of the donations that come in for the soup kitchen and pantry are from wealthy people. They are a little removed from the whole thing, sending in a check, but still they are helping. (I know this because I know a wealthy woman who gives to such causes)

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