The following post is from MENtal Freedom member Spencer. Read more about MENtal Freedom and other Diversity & Inclusion programs at www.tarleton.edu/diversity
As the Night Out began I had not yet began to realize what the night would have in store for me. I spent the night working and participating in activities in order to build up enough tickets to purchase food and drink items. After the day I had gone through I was exhausted. I had been on my feet all day participating in many different events that were being held on campus. The thought of sleep soothed me and I looked forward to the moment I could close my eyes. However that moment came and went and I never did find that soothing rest I was so looking forward to. It wasn’t until I laid down on the ground that things began to become real. Unfortunately because of where I decided to leave my blanket and pillow, they were significantly wet with moisture. Additionally the dew on the grass seeped through my blanket adding to my discomfort. Eventually I went in search of a cardboard box to put under me in hopes that it would keep the water from seeping into my blanket. Despite the large amount of boxes that were made available they had all been claimed by others sharing my dilemma. Eventually I began to ponder how difficult it must be to find boxes in the real world. Laying there I noticed my inability to control the noise and light levels around me and I longed for a dark bedroom with a closed door. Again I made the connection that homeless people must put up with unwanted external stimuli simply because they have no other option.
Upon waking the first thing I thought of was how I would go about my morning if I truly had nowhere to go. I couldn’t fathom waking up after an uncomfortable, cold nights sleep and continuing the struggle for survival. I couldn’t imagine having to walk across town in search of a job, and certainly was in no condition to be going through an interview process. I couldn’t have helped myself if I wanted to. It really made me realize just how difficult it would be to be homeless and taught me to have more compassion towards those that are in that situation. After this experience I will be less quick to judge the homeless, and act more quickly to help them, help themselves.
~ Spencer, MENtal Freedom
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