I told her I would meet her there at 9:00. But, everything that could go wrong seemed to be going wrong. The client took longer at the showing than I thought, she texted that I needed tennis shoes and bug spray and I had on sandals, I had driven my daughters 1997 Honda since we were going "there" and now I couldn't get the key to turn over to head to "there" from the showing.
That's how the day started....it sometimes seems circumstances would make it easier to say..."ah, forget it" when you are trying to do something for someone else.
I got "there" at 10:15...my friend (who talked me into this) was delighted to see me. We took a walk because you can't really park "there". I had a bag of apples and four water bottles with me. We smelled like bug spray.
When we got "there"; the first tent had someone in it...my friend took a water and went to the tent to talk to the homeless person. I was FREAKING out at this point. "There" is a fairly secluded area near the White River in downtown Indianapolis...under the viaduct of a major highway. She came back and asked for an apple...I gave her one. I wanted to throw it and run....
Then we walked down this steep hill (hence the need for tennis shoes)...my knees aren't what they used to be but I made it...all the while thinking, if I need to escape from "there" quickly, I'm hosed. I can't run up that hill to save my life!
As we walked "there"...which is Tent City...where homeless people live in tents, we could see where fire pits had been, clothes hanging on trees, bags of food hanging on trees. We saw our first tent and my heart is beating so hard (that's why the picture is blurry)...my friend goes up and talks to the person. She offers to leave the food just outside the tent. I am like, can we go now...
It is the first time I have moved outside of my comfort zone and I'm sure many Rainers will say what's the big deal. I am fearless in the business world...fearless. But put me in a situation where harm "could" happen and I turn into someone I don't recognize. A growth opportunity for sure.
So...pay it forward..went to the Tent city to leave some food for the homeless folks who live there.