Pushing it to the Limit

Ryu asked in the comments:

Can you push your free sleeping even further?

Right now, you use certain security measures. Try lowering them and seeing if you are still alright. See how low you can go, where the threshold is.

I’m not sure that now is the time to add challenges to that part of my life but give me some suggestions and I will consider them.  Should I sleep outside?  Sleep with the van windows open or ????

You may come to look down on the homeless, the middle class does.

I don’t feel as though I will look down on free-sleepers in general.  Many of them can’t even be identified by their looks so if they are behaving in a civil manner and are clean, I don’t think I will notice their free-sleeper status, much less look down on them. 

 I DO admit that sometimes I look down on the visably homeless.  I just have trouble respecting people who just take and take from everyone and give nothing in return.  I mean, since they don’t have to earn their food, can’t they make an effort to clean themselves up so they don’t scare people or make them feel bad?

Maybe I’m a heartless jerk.  Maybe they are just mentally ill….but still, if I were queen of the world and someone wanted free food, I would require them to shower at the very least.  I’ll bet a lot of men and women would feel inspired to improve their situation too if they showered/shaved a couple of times a week and had some fresh clothes to wear.  

Low expectations produces a lower class of people yes? 

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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5 Responses to Pushing it to the Limit

  1. Patti says:

    I live in Orange County and I think that advice is crazy and dangerous.

  2. Ryu says:

    Americans today are dominated by fear. They think there’s a rapist or robber behind every tree. The cops think every citizen is a terrorist with guns. The citizens believe the Arabs hate us for our freedoms, even as it’s Americans in the NSA and FBI who take them away.

    For the most part, the world is not out to get you. It takes tremendous guts to steal a car, even more for other crimes. In a rich neighborhood, no one has that ability. Usually, in business, they pay others to do the stealing for them.

    Most of America is headed toward the street. One should learn how to do it now, when the competition is lower.

    How about moving to a different area, cheaper? 1000 a month for an apartment is wayyyyy too much for just a place to sleep. Salton Sea!

    • Patti says:

      I am not afraid. I have that luxury with my own home, a husband, a teen son, a dog and the ability to protect myself. I walk my neighborhood late at night with nothing more than pepper spray and a shorthaired pointer. It is easy and pretty safe to be brave when you have family, a good job, a working car, plenty to eat, a home in a nice neighborhood and all the accouterments.
      When all you have is in your van, caution and intuition are all that is between you and real homelessness…sleeping rough. That is why I believe she should be so cautious. However, maybe the Salton Sea is awesome…never been there.

  3. B (real name!) says:

    I see the value to pushing against your ‘envelope’ of comfort to enlarge it. But by tiny steps, please!

    I like the idea that anyone would have some place to have a shower whenever they needed one. But even for those who do, what good is a shower without clean clothes to put back on?

    And then, many mentally ill don’t have the capability to care what impression they give to others.

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