For 24 Hours…

 

Last night I was homeless… And it changed my life… I have never been so humbled… So exposed… So tired… And so hurt…

I saw an ugliness in people that made me take a long hard look at myself… As people yelled at us to get jobs… As they glared at us in disgust… I wondered how many times I had been guilty of such judgments…

We roamed from spot to spot with all of our possessions in tow… We were harassed by the police… Taunted by passerbys… And made to feel less than human…

As day turned to night… And the skies opened on us… The reality of what we had embarked upon set in…

We were homeless…

We were relentlessly searching for a dry place to sleep on the street… Finally settling in Union Square…. Clutching our belongings… Able to sleep for a couple hours before being woken up by a man clapping his hands at us… Yelling at us to vacate… I have never felt so low… I was just so tired… I just wanted to rest my eyes… And my body… I was in so much physical pain… I can recall thinking… Where are people supposed to sleep… When they have nowhere to sleep?

As our experience neared its end… My soul felt broken… We had risked our safety… Donated our time… And our bodies… To make a difference… And I felt defeated… In our 23rd hour… I sat on the concrete and cried… I became silent… Wishing it was all over….

When it finally was… I felt numb… I slept on the train and bus… Almost missing my stops… As I walked into my apartment… I felt a profound sadness… I stripped the streets from my body… And threw myself onto the bed… I slept… For hours… I awoke… Happy to be in my bed… But overwhelmed with an aching in my heart that caused my tears to flow uncontrollably…

I had never felt so invisible…

Vanessa xoxo

  1. Powerful. Impacting. Enlightening. Eye-opening. In order to fully understand the life of another sometimes it’s necessary to put on their shoes. Even if we only travel in them for a short while. We pass judgments, even unconsciously at times naturally. I appreciate this piece, it allowed me a moment of self-reflection, which is absolutely essential when creating a life of equilibrium. Thanks for sharing!

  2. very lovely piece of reflection/creation.
    smiles.

  3. that’s what I would do when sadness hits.
    powerful emotions expressed.
    bless you.
    Greetings:

    How are you?

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    We love creativity, your contribution is invaulable to us.

    Cheers.
    Happy Saturday.

    xoxox

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