• Aug
    15

    Homeless No More

     

    It’s been a long time since my last post. At the time I was still on the street and sleeping in my car. After a while, the stress of being homeless became too much for me and my energy levels started to fall. Eventually, I could no longer keep up my blog and had to give it up for a while.

    I found I needed a lot of sleep and I was dealing with the ongoing stress of having to be vigilant every night, to make sure I wasn’t parking in a place where I might be asked to leave. I also found it very difficult to promote myself during this time.

    During the time I was living with Burt, and just before I left, I submitted a request for government help, which I received while I was car camping. A short time later, I found a room-mate situation and was able to leave the street by July 14th. By that time, I’d been sleeping in my car for almost a month.

    It was a welcome reprieve. The opportunity to sleep in a real bed again felt like a huge luxury. I was very tired. Even now, I’ve been sleeping quite a bit and have worked at recovering my energy levels. Each day I feel a little bit better.

    Some people have asked me why this happened and I have to say that I really don’t know. The only thing I do know is by going through this experience I’ve been forced to face my deepest fears and I’ve been moving through them. The result has been stressful and also a huge release, which I feel both mentally and physically.

    The result has been greater self-reliance and flexibility and also increased compassion for anyone else who is homeless. I have learned a lot about the systems of support and through my blog, I’ve also learned a great deal about friendship.

    To all of you who have reached out to me, I thank you.

    © Nathan Segal

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