I recently listened to a podcast by Elizabeth Hames for CBC Radio. The podcast series is called ‘Slumtown’ and it consists of five episodes, the first title is ‘The Neighbours.’ I thought the episode would depict not only the not in my backyard’ (NIMBY) point of view but also the homeless, addicted and mental health folks who reside in those neighbourhoods. It did not.
The majority of the North American population are not required to live in constant survival mode and likely do not understand what true survival actually is. The average person usually thinks of survival as the most obvious and basic items such as clothes on your back, stay close to food and water, have a place to get rest and find a way to get from A to B. There’s much more to survival.
In the recent weeks we’ve experienced unusual cold snaps and Arctic lows, I am reminded of my own suffering with Jack Frost and his gaggle of cold. A part of my life was living in the outdoors as my home. Homelessness plagued my life for too long and I realize that if I had not had the community of fellow homeless folks, I would never have survived the frigid temperatures.