“Who Sheltered Whom…..”?
A few days ago, I visited a woman’s shelter located here in my city. I went to drop off several bags of clothing for one of my clients’ donations. It was interesting, because four days previous, I was revisiting memories of my own need to stay in a shelter. I wrote the first post in my new blog and mentioned that I needed a safe place to stay while fighting for my divorce and the right to stay here in the United States. I don’t why, but this brought up mixed feelings and a little tear to my eye….maybe remembering how very sad and scared I was during that time and not having anyone to look after me.
The interesting part was that I could not be helped by any shelter here, when I needed it most, because I was not yet an American citizen, at the time. I only had my driver’s license, but it was not enough to get me into a shelter, or get any kind of help related to my needs. I was helped by two amazing Americans, who gave me a safe place to sleep, and this helped me get myself back together.
Maybe this was the push I needed to keep fighting…no accommodations, no easy life, and no granted money at that time, but I managed to survive. Figuratively speaking, I didn’t wait for help to fall out of the sky. I have always been a hard worker, and during this time was no different. I worked and worked to be able to feed myself and to bring my son back from Brazil to my waiting arms.
The funny part is that years later, I am still working hard, but with a new perspective. I decided to make my own money by being self-employed, in order to enjoy the freedom of working when I wanted, and have a flexible daily schedule.
So, who sheltered whom? For years, I thought that if I was allowed to stay in a woman’s shelter and receive some kind of benefits, I could put myself in a good situation, and recover faster.
Today, I realize that I only made it through with the help from the Creator. Yes, I had to face all that by myself, because I was strong enough to accept things the way they were and to find my way out of it alone. No chances for accommodations, nor resilience.
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