FINAL DAY: MEGAN
We were moved inside last night to sleep in the 24 Lounge because of the temperature passing the universities standards of how cold it can be with us out there. While it was relieving to not worry about getting frost bite while we attempt to sleep, the 24 lounge was not comfortable. Truthfully our cardboard bed is more comfortable to sleep on than the floor in the lounge and the lights never go off in there. By the time we settled into our sleeping bags and the noise died down we fell asleep…for about 4 hours until we were woken up to go back outside this morning. I am extremely tired and just completely drained of energy.
Our fast ended today at 12pm. It was difficult going to bed hungry and knowing that when you wake up you won’t have food to eat either. This really got to me because althought we went 24 hours without food, there are people out there that go through situations like this but there is no set time limit on how long it will last. That is something that I have given a lot of thought to, especially because of how hard it was to try to focus or do anything remotely physically demanding. People who don’t have access to food whenever they want have so many other stresses in their lives and yet have to find ways to survive and get by without it. I can’t really find a way to put into words how sad it makes me. I feel beyond priveledged to be able to have access to food when I need it, and if a situations were to arise where I couldn’t afford it I know I have support to help me get the food I need. Many of us don’t realize that something like food which is just expected to be available to us is something that we should really feel so grateful to have.
It was really cold today and difficult to be outside for a long period of time. The cold gets right into your bones and makes it near impossible to get warm again. Even when I sit in class for an hour and a half I still get chills and feel cold at the end of it. It makes me wonder how cold people must get when they are in situations where they are living outside. We had so much support with donations of hot tea, coffee, and hot chocolate but a lot of times people aren’t as generous with those who they pass by on the street. I hope whoever is reading this will take a minute of their time next time they see someone who is homeless and buy them a coffee or a tea and see if there’s anything they can do to help them out.
Tonight we had Open Forum. It was amazing to hear people speak about their views and experiences with homelessness. Whether or not they had been personally affected by it or just involved in the campaign, it made for some inspiring and motivational words. About half-way through the event, a person passing by sat down and shared how the campaign had affected him and how he was moved by what we were doing. He said that he didn’t realize at first that we were actually sleeping outside for 5 days and that when he did he thought it was amazing. It is people like this that express how much what we are doing has opened their eyes and made them realize that homelessness IS an issue that needs to be addressed that makes this whole experience worth it.
It’s a little surreal that tonight is our last night sleeping outside. While the days and nights felt very long throughout the week, looking back it feels like it went by so fast. We’ve made SO many memories and shared so many experiences together that I can honestly say I have 4 new best friends. I know that if I ever need anything that I can go to them, and they know that I would be there for them in a heart beat. It has been a rollercoaster of emotions this week but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Posted on Friday, March 14th, 2014 @ 2:04PM
Categories: 5Days Laurier