My main take away from the book is that the homeless community is just that. A community. Like us above ground dwellers, most "mole people" see life underground as a place they feel safe and have a group that they call their own. A lot of people who try living above ground actually end up living back in the tunnels because it's not so judgy down there. They have leaders, communal jobs, and don't care/ask what happened in people's pasts. They just focus on one day at a time.
I read an article about an apartment fire that happened earlier this week in midtown. A woman was out on her balcony with her husband and baby to avoid smoke inhalation and was tweeting things like "Big fire in our building. Hubby, son, and me seem safe on the balcony."
...tweeting?!?... during a life-threatening fire???????
What has the world come to? I deleted my work email from my phone, have been taking semi-real lunches, and trying to leave work on time every day in an attempt to do some actual life things. Trying not be glued to my phone has definitely been a challenge especially since I use it so much for work, but I have to say that I am feeling better about it each day.
For 2014, I want to get back to the basics and focus on foundation:
- spend more time with the people I love
- get off my phone/computer and be present... be awake
- not worry about other people and spend more time focusing on myself and my happiness
Happy new year, everyone!