Here is a long detailed journal of my last few days on the streets. Sending love!
12/25 Day 1
I left the house at around 4:00 with just a few hours left in the day. I had meant to leave much earlier to give myself time to adjust before night fell but I was late as usual. I wandered through my neighborhood on my way out and passed multiple friends along the way. It was nice to be with friends and I found myself wondering why I was heading outside my comfort zone when I could be having a joyous time amongst my friends who love me. I continued on anyway and, as the sun set on the ocean horizon, I turned my back to the west and strolled east along the San Diego river. With the sun went the heat and the night grew cold quickly. I walked for a few miles along the river checking out a few possible sleeping spots along the way. I met a man named Jay who was just setting up his sleeping bag under a bridge. He told me he stays there because it is close to the Home Depot where he goes every morning to look for work. He said he’s known around here because he sells cigarettes. He used to have a bike but he lost it when he went to jail.
I made it through the first 24 hours. It hasn’t been easy but I am well and happy. I’m not used to carrying a backpack full of stuff, but I need to if I want to sleep through the cold nights. Last night was one of the longest nights ever. I was in my sleeping bag for 13 hours and I slept for a good amount of that time, but I was also awake dozens of times fighting off the cold. 50 degrees doesn’t seem that bad but I guess it is just half my body temp. At one point in the night, I thought it was nearly morning and it turned out to only be 12:30. I almost gave up.
Today, we fed people on the streets as part of the 21 Gourmet Dumpster Meals project. An older man named Lee asked me why I had a camera and upon my response he told me that, if I really wanted to understand, I had to live on the streets myself. I took him up on the offer and will return to the corner of 16th and Island to meet with him on Christmas day. I’ll live on the streets for a week with just the clothes on my back, ID, and a GoPro.
Day 2 of Change the World is Take Back the Human Body Day!
I believe that humans would be happier, healthier, and better to the earth if we were more comfortable in our own skin. It would mean fewer beauty products, less clothing and accessories, and less time in front of the mirror. That would leave more money and time for what’s important. Also, today is about treating our bodies with health and respect.
You voted on these mini adventures on Facebook:
Go skinny dipping
Go barefoot the entire day
Do an all-natural photo.
Get money out of politics and take our democracy back! Look for me today in San Francisco. I’ll be the Good Guy in Green.
Over the next few weeks, you’ll find me riding down the California coast on the Do Good Tour spreading inspiration, smiles, and goodness everywhere I go.
Today I finally visited Growing Power which is something I’ve been wanting to do for years now since I first saw them featured on the documentary Fresh. They are a 1% for the Planet recipient and through my Off the Grid adventure across the United States I am raising funds for them to keep on doing the amazing things they are doing. They have grown into a huge movement over the last few years so the amount I raise for them will be a tiny fraction of what they receive each year but I know they will put whatever I give to them to good use.