DAY #4: MALLORY
Today is Wednesday and it is ridiculously cold. We woke up at about 5am to lay a donated tarp over our bodies, which did nothing to protect us from the insane amounts of snow we woke up in. The wind was terrible because the snow blew underneath the tarp. Needless to say, we were cold. I feel really upset and frustrated today because I had no class, which meant that I did not have the ability to go inside often whatsoever. I spent a lot of time cleaning out our sleeping area and trying to shovel to stay warm. We did receive a lot of coffee and tea donations because of the low temperatures.
Many people really began to consider us today, as we heard several stories about people feeling concerned about “those homeless people on campus in this weather”. This is a comforting feeling, knowing that our university community is thinking about us, and willing to help us out. Unfortunately, not many homeless people acquire this type of attention in their lives on a regular basis.
I took ten minutes to speak to a class today at the beginning of their class in order to describe the campaign and what we were doing, and to take on questions. It was really inspiring because the professor was very supportive and optimistic about our efforts and had some very intriguing questions that had the entire class thinking about homelessness and other issues.
We were fasting from noon today and are expected to until noon tomorrow and in combination with this weather, it has been really tough. I feel moody, emotional, upset, along with several other discomforting emotions. I do however, remain inspired by the personal stories and supportive attitudes that have come my way throughout the day. People cared, and it made me feel a sense of security–once again, individuals experiencing homelessness do not have that. We are very grateful. It is getting to the point in our journey on the campaign, that being alone to hold down the fort makes you lonely and almost gives us separation anxiety from one another. After all, we have been depeding on one another to protect ourselves from the elements, to be socially engaged or fulfilled, and to look out for one another on a variety of levels.
This evening we have attended our campaign’s first ever ‘stand up for health’ simulation game. It was incredibly informative and the discussions in it really hit home. It put me in a different set of shoes and it was stressful, but rewarding in the end. Our discussion ranged from a variety of issues including homelessness, health, income-related problems, racism, aboriginal discrimination, etc. And all of these aspects came together in a moving discussion on how as youth, we can educated one another about creating systemic change. I think it was extra effective for us participants because we are at the point where we are so passionate and emotionally engaged (due to the cold weather, the fast, the loneliness, etc.) and there were times where some of the situations presented in the activity made me feel what I would feel if it was reality. I definitely recommend this to everyone who is willing to keep an open eye towards learning about inequality and how to go about addressing these issues.
Posted on Thursday, March 13th, 2014 @ 3:03PM
Categories: 5Days Laurier