Ok. So, I know that this isn't totally about health and wellness, but in a strange way, it totally is health related, my mental health, that is....bear with me because I worked the overnight shift last night, and I am a bit punch drunk!
I saw a flyer today that was asking people to sleep outside in the middle of the town green so that we can support homelessness and understand the discomfort of living on the streets. Hmmm....now, I beg of anyone to argue that living on the streets is amazing, comfortable, safe, healthy, and has all of the creature comforts that we all know and love. I thought that was absolutely ludicrous. Do I need to sleep outside in the middle of this Noah's Arc requiring flood and cold weather to 'understand' that homelessness isn't cool? No, I personally don't. I take care of quite a few homeless patients that have met the wrath of the winter cold, or a not so friendly 'neighbor', so I get it, not completely, but I get that it is a tough life, an not altogether fun. Wouldn't a better way to "support homelessness" (which seems like an odd statement in general...don't we want to fight it? prevent it? Not, support it) be to volunteer at soup kitchens, donate money, have a free health clinic? I also wonder who will get that flyer and think, 'yes, I want to sleep outside in the wet mud this Saturday night; I didn't have plans, and this is a perfect way to spend my weekend'? I can't help but think of my mother being asked to do this, her response would not only be priceless, but I think that whomever asked would never ask anyone else again!
Thank you, to whomever thought of that amazing idea, thank you for your supporting homelessness, and wasting thousands of dollars having glossy, expensive flyers created and placed in all of the buildings in the wealthier areas. I thank you not only on behalf of homeless people everywhere for wasting all that money that could be used for food/clothes/shelter/support services, but for proving, yet again, that people really do have distorted views of what is helpful to others.