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Would you ever choose to be homeless?

I have had several occasions over the years where I found myself making a conscious choice to be homeless. Usually only for a day or two sometimes a week or so. I did however spend about 6 months in my youth without any real address and honestly look back on it as one of the best experiences of my life. By allowing myself the freedom of being truly both vulnerable and flexible I met some of the most interesting and generous people one could ever hope to meet from such diverse backgrounds. I am now contemplating making it a lifestyle. This is not to say sleeping in allies everyday, but camping out staying with those who would have me, even paying for a room when needed and yes allies. I believe that I might feel more at home when I am traveling often aimlessly than I do around my family for whom I care for deeply. Why can't we loose the stigma of what it is to be homeless? Many teachings suggest that a life without all the clutter of the material that is so pervasive in modern culture can be very rich and rewarding. The pope even takes a vow of poverty upon his appointment, however sometimes I am not sure how seriously he takes it. Now let me ask you the same question again but grant you the ability to enjoy all of the comforts of home regardless of where you lay your head at night. Would this make a difference?


Closing Statement from Skylar Nitesh

We are all homeless in the sense that ownership is illusory and the only certainty is change, but we all share this planet we call earth and here we all have a home. I live for the day when we take this obsession of the material and strive for not only substance but connection and longevity in all that we create and the lives we lead. We are a family and while we may not always agree our fates are bound.

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    Aug 5 2011: Erm I'm definitely misquoting but this blog entry is so beautiful:

    "Let’s DO talk coffee.
    I travel a lot. I haven’t had a stable home ever since I was very little, after 14 years old I changed so many places I stopped counting at around roughly 27. And there have been many nights, many countries, many different languages, many cities, many streets. Most of the time when you live like this, you don’t have many friends, people forget you fast and those who want to love you don’t do it because they feel you’ll be just a passenger in their lives. So nights pass, days too, you meet people, forget some, run to catch a bus, try to remember this word in that language, you run across Terminal D with the suitcase in one hand, the ticket in the other and a carton coffee cup between your teeth, dangerously swinging about a coffee grown cold since half an hour ago.

    Someone’s car, a stop at a gas station at 5 in the morning in the middle of nowhere, grab a cup. An airplane flying above the ocean at night, you call for the stewardess to get you, if she can, a cup of black, bitter one. A crowded street. Waiting at the travel agency. Working over time. Working 2 jobs. Balancing a pile of books with a cup on top of them. Writing, writing many words. Here, there and everywhere. And in some silent moment you sit waiting for the airplane, it’s late at night and your flight is still 5 hours away and you sit there alone, on top of your suitcase, staring at your coffee cup and you know this is all you got right now. Sure, it’s just coffee. But it’s funny how it’s the only thing in the world that gives a damn about you at 5 a.m."
    • Aug 5 2011: I view this portrait to be more of a business person who's monetary pursuits have left little to no time for the intrinsic and aw inspiring. My intent is to learn to slow down and take notice and appreciate the things that life in the fast lane would only cover with dust as it sped by. I am talking about making real genuine connections with people and our environments not constraining these connections' ability to grow and strengthen by putting a time limit on them. I appreciate your willingness to share and any input you may have. Thank you.

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