Confessions of a Dreamer
Yesterday I posted a request asking people to take a minute out of their day today to take a photo holding a sign that stated “I Stand Up Against Hunger.” What I did not explain was why this issue was so important to me.
When I was 19 I lost my apartment in Colorado and ended up living in a homeless shelter. The fear and sadness that I felt of not knowing how I was going to eat or even worse how I was going to feed my own child was terrible. We take for granted so much in this world, in particular the fact that most of us in this country never think twice about where our next meal will come from.
Whether it is a humble immigrant family sitting at the table eating nothing but rice and beans or a college student feasting on Ramen noodles….the idea of not having enough to eat rarely crosses our minds.
The sad truth is, however, that all across the greatest country in America, thousands upon thousands of men, women and children find themselves homeless, in deep poverty and often hungry day in and day out.
When I lost my apartment I went from having a fully furnished home, lots of toys for my child and lot’s of material possesions. In the span of a day I went from all of this to having every worldly good I had stolen after it had been placed on the street corner upon my eviction. When you lose everything but the clothes on your back and a handful of photos, you get a new perspective on life and what is and is not important.
Suddenly the latest shoes, new clothes and toys where secondary to finding a meal and a place to sleep. I know that I am push and annoying at times about causes I believe strongly in but I’ve seen both sides and I know how easily everything we take for granted can be gone in a blink of an eye. It is because of this that I feel there is no time like today to figure out what is truly important. No one should have to wait till it’s gone before they figure that out. Thank you for allowing me to share.