Reflection: A-Z Blogging Challenge 2015

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Well the month of April has been a roller coaster ride to say the least, but has allowed me to share with you my struggles with homelessness and give I think very clear examples of the realities many face.

When undertaking this challenge, to be honest, homelessness wasn’t the first subject that came to mind, I thought I’d base it more on mental health which is what I tend to write about, it wasn’t an exactly an eureka moment, but though I have another issue lurking in the background, and one that I needed to give voice to, so I went public with my second choice.

I have to admit each day when I chose a letter, it scared me to be so open about my life, and what I’ve been dealing with, I’m used to stigma but this is a different kind and wondered if I was putting myself so far out on a ledge, that I wouldn’t be able to come back.

For the second time in my life I completely laid myself bare, some would say it makes you stronger, I didn’t get that feeling, it made me feel even more isolated and so far removed from the societal norms, and the feeling of being judged, sometimes made me feel quite ill, but something inside said no and I pushed on to complete the challenge.

As I wrote each day it dawned on me, just how out of control this area of my life had become, and that for almost 3 years I’d been using a sticking plaster to cover the widening cracks, and how homelessness had become normal, my thinking being if I had a roof over my head I was Ok lucky even, and by using this challenge it has given me some of my fight back, and accepting this is not normal and the entire situation cannot continue, I need to be in charge of my life not the other way around.

A fresh game plan is in place, what it will bring who know’s but I have to try, because not to would mean I could be in this mess for years to come, and there aren’t that many sofas left to surf.

I would like to thank all those who visited, followed and commented, especially the commenters who gave me such a boost and so much hope as they followed my story, their encouragement, kept me going, and it humbled me to realise there are many with compassion, and that gives me hope and a nudge forward, kind heartfelt words are all it takes sometimes.

Although the A-Z challenge was hard, I’d do it again, and one thing I do take from it, is that I do have a voice and sometimes people listen, so all in all it was a positive experience.

Again THANK YOU for taking the time to read and hopefully it has given you a better understanding of what it can mean to be homeless.

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About therabbitholez

I returned to this blog in September 2014, after a 2 year absence, due to depressive illness and homelessness. This journey charts the rocky road to recovery and my feelings about it, and getting a home together after losing everything, this too has been a rocky rocky, both things connected on many levels, but separate at the same time. If you want to know more please read my blog:) and comment on any blog you like I enjoy the interaction, and belong to a great community on here. Thanks for reading.:)
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16 Responses to Reflection: A-Z Blogging Challenge 2015

  1. Maybe I should do like you and take time to reflect on the month of writing about our chosen themes. It was cathartic for me but I need to learn something from it. I too feel I need a fresh approach and new resolution.

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    • Go to the site, and add your name to the linky party as they call it!

      I feel a little tired after it all, but glad I did it and now lets see if I can make new choices, to move forward.

      I’m sure you will have learned much from your challenge, it just gives new perspectives.:)

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  2. Gale Wright says:

    I did learn a lot from your writing about this topic and it gave me lots to think about. Homelessness can also be a metaphor and because of that, your topic can affect lots of people, not only those who are actually homeless or know someone who is.

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    • Thank you:) I did wonder if readers who might know someone who is homeless, or threatened with it, if it made them view things differently, or even just take someone into their homes to give much needed breathing space.

      One thing I’ve learned over the last couple of years is that the face of homelessness has changed dramatically, so much so it went un-noticed, because were so used to seeing on type of homelessness, we didn’t think about anyone else.

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  3. Cat says:

    I think you did exceptionally well in highlighting homelessness through your own personal experiences. If nothing else, it helped you to reflect on your own position and decide to adjust the action plan. I soooo much look forward to the day when something works out for you and I hope you will continue to keep us up to date.

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    • Thank you, and also for your support and comments over the last month.

      I’ll keep trying to change my situation, ti be housed, I have little choice but to keep going forwards, and with renewed thoughts on how to effect that.

      If course I’ll keep you all up to date, this is my last big challebge and need my blogging friends to see me through. X

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  4. Tessa says:

    Good luck in your future endeavors and hope you find a solution soon. I might find myself in a similiar situation when my 83 year old father passes on. I live with him, but the house goes to a reverse mortgage when he dies. I can’t stay here. I have kids, but they don’t have room. I just have to hope that God will provide as he has so far.

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    • Thank you 🙂 We have a system here called Sheltered Accommodation, which is a small apartment but with someone on duty should you need help, your completely autonomous, it might be an idea to to start looking at schemes they have in your area that you can apply for when you need to.

      I hope things turn out ok for you.

      Thank you again for your likes, and comments they have been appreciated.:)

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      • Tessa says:

        You are welcome. My biggest problem will be financially. I am on disability. Not much. Won’t pay for a place. My son is here too. That is 2 of us who will possibly be homeless. He doesn’t make enough to keep an apt. Thanks for following me.

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      • I would urge you to start looking into your options now, and also to see what other benefits you might be entitled to.

        Don’t leave it to late, as your on disability that might help you get situated sooner.

        Take care.

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      • Tessa says:

        So far the only help I can get is reduced prescriptions through my state and they pay for my Medicare and help me with an add-on to Medicare. My daughter put me on a list for a low income apartment, but I can’t afford the rent and neither can they so need other suggestions, but she is helping at least.

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      • Can you get hep from social security with your rent, it’s such a minefield, it’s hard to know what to do.

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      • Tessa says:

        No Social Security is paying my disability and providing Medicare. I am afraid we know nothing much and I have been to the state and I make too much (laugh) for much help.

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      • I’m in the same boat I don’t fit any of the criteria, and am homeless….and that is not a priority.

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  5. Mary B says:

    Congrats on completing the A to Z Challenge! Looking forward to next year! See you on the Road Trip!

    Mary @ http://www.JingleJangleJungle.net

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  6. Thank you 🙂

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