Like, straight up no money in your pockets, sleeping on the street kind of homeless?
I just read this fantastically interesting post from a blogger who actually DID this (on the streets of Las Vegas no less) and I can’t seem to get it out of my mind. Here’s a clip:
“Last December, on a chilly winter day, I decided to challenge a deeply rooted fear I had by spending 24 hours on the street homeless. I carried no credit cards, cash, I.D., cell phone, house keys, extra jackets, tissue papers, chapstick, iPod (what else do you usually leave the house with?)
I set off in the direction of downtown, carried by my own two feet, dressed in a tattered sweats, to challenge a fear (read: belief) that my failure as a businessman would lead to me being homeless… I believed the equation: financial failure = homelessness.”
You have to be one crazy mother f’er to try this out, and as I read that again I sit here in awe. The courage and willpower you’d have to have to pull this off! I could do crazy mother f’er like no other, but scouring for my own food and shelter on the mean city streets? HAH! I’d give up when the clock struck midnight.
But what an experience to have for the rest of your life! One 24-hour period that you can now use to help motivate you to become, and stay, successful. A little extreme, but it’s something to be respected. We can all guess what it would be like ’till we’re blue in the face, but until you actually put yourself into that situation and go for it you’ll never really know.
In a strange sense, this can also be applied to things like starting your own business or other side hustles you might be nervous about. You can play it safe and never give it a shot, but is that really the best use of your time? Humming through life w/out taking risks? Only you yourself can answer that, but it’s something to think about for sure (and I’m only talking about “calculated risks” here, not straight up crazy ones).
In the mean time, I’m going to do everything in my power to save save save so I never have to learn homelessness the hard way. While I admire the crap out of Alvin for giving this a shot, I think I’ll have to take his word for it that it’s not something I want to experience for real. How about you?
(Photo credit: GypsyFae)