Just a fair warning: I’m still learning my way through the whole sharing thing, especially when it’s about something that’s changed me because I have only ever talked about those incidents with two other people because they are what I call my Safe People, but I really like this idea that Nabeeha came up with and want to give it a try, so here goes.
Quite a few of the instances that really changed me are kinda personal, and still don’t feel ready to share, but I guess the really big one that’s completely turned not only mine but my family’s lives upside down and inside out is when our house burnt down on May 31st earlier this year and we lost everything except what we had on our backs at the time.
Some friends of ours had enough room and took us in. My younger siblings were finally enrolled in school and I got enrolled in Uni and got my car Learner’s Permit. We applied for lots of new houses and were all confident that we’d find a new house very quickly.
It’s been just over two months since the fire and we haven’t found a house.
Just three days ago we had to move out of the friend’s house into a hotel because of a complicated situation. We’re booked into a hotel for a few days, but we still can’t find a place here in the city where we live. We’ve tried applying for houses in another city where we have several relatives, but still, no luck cause the market for houses is even worse over there apparently.
We’ve tried extending our stay at the motel but were only able to extend it for 3 more nights.
By the time we reach the end of our stay at the hotel, if we haven’t been able to find a place…we’ll be absolutely homeless. Nowhere to go.
And that’s absolutely scary.
I don’t know what we’re going to do.
We just got my younger siblings starting school. I just started Uni and am going to have my first driving lessons soon. And now we’re being completely uprooted. It’s really, really scary and one of those things you hear about happening to others and you’re like “How does this happen? At least it won’t happen to me.” But then it does happen to you – maybe not immediately, maybe not until a few years later, but it does. And then you finally understand what it’s like for others. It’s made me realize how much I took having a roof over my head and a place to always come back to for granted.