Dear passionate ones,
Thought I’d share the posts I’m required to write for the 5 Days campaign…just on the offchance that you’re interested. I hope you’re all staying warm and making loads of time for things that bring you joy as always.
First night and first day of 5 days has come and gone. It wasn’t as cold as I expected, but I kept waking up on account of the wind. Three main things are on my mind…
1. How strange it is that the media follows this. Today, CBC and Shaw TV did some taping of the participants and did a couple interviews with some of us. I find it so odd. Yes, we’re raising money for a cause and yes, hopefully we are making a difference, but many youth lie down each night on the pavement and nobody is taping them! Nobody is asking them what they are eating or if it was cold last night. Nobody is asking them how they are feeling and asking them to show them where they sleep.
Today, a couple friends stopped by our “basecamp” to say holla and were a little taken aback to see where we slept last night. Perhaps it’s the inner camper in me, but I don’t think our cardboard fort looks that bad of an abode at all. What strikes me is that the reaction of our friends and family that come to see where we sleep…that reaction is not their reaction when they see where a homeless man sleeps downtown.
2. Second point…it’s only been 1 day, but a part of me is counting down and excited to crawl back into my bed at home and take a long, hot shower. And it got me thinking that to me, this is just temporary. I know that on Friday at 5 o’clock, I’m going to drive home and take a long, hot shower. I know when my “homelessness” will end. For countless kids, they have no idea when or if being without a home will ever end. They must persevere and fend for themselves without an expiry date in mind. I’m not sure how I would have the strength to fight for that long…
3. How amazingly grateful I am and touched at the enormous support that we’ve received. In classes, I’d pass around jars and watch from the back of the class as students all dropped in their spare change. One professor even tied homelessness into the lecture about food preservation. Was touched. I came back to basecamp several times today to find another load of food dropped off for us. As thankful as I am for all the food coming our way (we’re completely reliant on food donations), I want to tell people to give it to someone who actually needs it. We’re definitely not hungry.
I had some crazy-good convos today with passersby about how we’re not neccessarily addressing the root issues of homelessness and I agree, but we are defs learning a lot and raising a lot of money for homeless Vancouver youth. (more to come on this topic later this week). For now, grateful for everyone who is supporting this and us and I have so much admiration for my fellow participants and for the youth who LIVE THIS.
Much bright orange 5 days love,
PS I hear a dean at Alberta U is planning to sleep outside if a certain amount of $ is raised. Dean Dan…are you up for the challenge?