I’ve been working on a documentary about homelessness in Toronto. I learned a lot of shocking things so far.
Shocking? Maybe not. But I certainly had better expectations for the country of my birth. I would like to be proud of my country, but there are just some things I can’t excuse…
Homelessness and poverty is one of them
I had interviewed the Director of Homeless hub, Dr. Stephen Gaetz, and he had lots to say about respecting the homeless as people and not just infantalizing them. I will post the interview here later.
But for now, here is the link to the first episode of the Homeless Hub’s podcast, all on food insecurity.
Here I am, back to the grind.
Only two months left of coursework and I still don’t know what I’m doing here.
And yet I feel strangely calm.
I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, yet I have no view of the obstacles in between.
I’ve done a lot of self-discovery this year. I’m going to try to be more self-sufficient, more self- disciplined.
I’ve realized that my lack of discipline is because I get so easily overwhelmed and then discouraged. I never thought of myself as a negative person, maybe just when it comes to myself. It’s been rough.
Today at least, I’m feeling focused. I’m learning to catch myself when I’m feeling discouraged. I assess the situation and I have to honestly feel like I’ve done everything possible before I give up. Everything possible means:
“Have I called the right people?”
“Who else can help me?”
“How much research have I done? Is it enough to give up entirely?”
“What’s my timeline? Do I have the time I go over my research again?”
I need to always feel like I have work to do. I should never be bored. There is so much work to do? What am I doing watching Shahs of Sunset?
Alarms. Lots of alarms. On my phone, on my iPad, on my calendar.
Focus, reminders and research
That will be the key to a successful two months.
Here I come winter ter.