David Rees – Homeless For 7 Days

This conversation is a little bit special.

It isn’t just an amazing story of risk, hardship and self discovery.

It also stars London Real’s very own super-talented motion graphics designer David Rees.

After the unexpected loss of a close friend, David pledged to honour his memory by spending a week as a homeless person in London.

What he didn’t realise was how the experience would radically alter his perspective on life.

He saw best and the worst of humanity.

He was forced to face the elements, sleep deprivation, hunger and fear.

David had to dig deeper than ever before to get through it.

But he made it.

The experience was so personal that he didn’t even want to share his experiences to begin with.

He decided to give us the inside story of what it is like to be down and out in London.

Watch as we discuss:

  • How the death of a friend inspired David to live on the streets
  • Why he didn’t do it for charity
  • The formula for finding a place to sleep
  • How you prepare for being homeless in the Stoic tradition
  • How he bought advice from rough sleepers
  • How the church saved him from the elements
  • Coming face to face with himself on the streets
  • Dealing with fear, lack of sleep and hunger
  • How the mind can play tricks when you are desperate
  • How being exposed to danger and poverty causes primal instincts to return
  • What he missed about home
  • What he discovered about the causes of homelessness
  • Returning to normal life after his experience
  • What kept him from giving up and going home to a warm bed

You really don’t want to miss this powerful story.

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collins
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awesome store mehn there really was a God watching,
i agree

joakimentrep393
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joakimentrep393

Wow. Thanks for sharing David. This is a really inspiring and transparent story. I did a very similar (creative writing project) in the end of 2016 where I did 2 weeks in Oslo. Mine was a bit longer (quantity) but not as deep and extreme (quality) but on the same basics and approach and I recognize myself and my thoughts in everything you speak of. Really cool. The final push over the edge for me was also Seneca’s (stoic) philosophies on experiencing worst case scenario, “is this what I feared?” The first two days was my slowest experience of time… Read more »

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stephengilbert318

All that’s really needed is a genuine lack of attachment and greed and genuine community and brotherhood,some are born into a family AF addicts and are on the streets from age 14 and all they know but some of these kids and homeless are potential entrepreneurs or politicians actors artists or musicians ect and have never had a chance and some have never had the opportunity to even explore talents and potentials with out help or positive company and role models don’t you think Brian? If its all you know and all you know is day to day survival which… Read more »

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stephengilbert318

Also I’ve gotta say I’ve had almost identical excperiance when on the streets without a penny on the streets of bangkok,next legal amazing synchronicity and random act of generosity and kindness from apparent strangers which turned out to be friends..so many times this world when we start letting go of fears and realize we are also looked after when we are in flow with nature like every other being on the planet doesn’t need to always struggle or use money or trade to eat and live,obviously we have a more complex environment and structures both economic and cultural yet it… Read more »

stephengilbert318
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stephengilbert318

Brian please could you take a reel look,(like the word play?)at a amazing man called stephen jenkinson star of docu movie,griefwalker amazing man

stephengilbert318
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stephengilbert318

Brian please could you take a reel look,(like the word play?)at a amazing man called stephen jenkinson star of docu movie,griefwalker has many talks and lectures scattered on ytube and would love to see him on your show with you as you seem to give people the time and respect to really paint a big picture of where they are coming from..thanks Brian glad to see you doing so well,was watching you vids from day 1..all the best,stephen.london

stephengilbert318
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stephengilbert318

Brian please could you take a reel look,(like the word play?)at a amazing man called stephen jenkinson star of docu movie,griefwalker has many talks and lectures scattered on ytube and would love to see him on your show with you as you seem to give people the time and respect to really paint a big picture of where they are coming from..thanks Brian glad to see you doing so well,wa

helenbeb
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helenbeb

This is truly powerful story. Thank you!

Steve
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Great interview/story and as an aside….great footwear on both dudes

Love Rocket
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Love Rocket

Amazing story, David some ex service men are just ticking bombs, they deal with shit they are not mentally able to deal with and it just fucks them up.
Another great life story that LR has brought to me, thank you

Steve Jemison
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really good episode, dont believe in the label of lazy though, i think some people have such chaotic internal lives from tough beginnings and trauma that they either have no hope or believe theyre not worth better.

Steven Ewing
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Agreed, Lazy is the wrong word. I’ve been facing homelessness for five years and I’m certainly not lazy I just have PTSD. I don’t think mental health were really mentioned unfortunately and what leads people to the streets. Fortunately I’ve only had to sleep rough one night and a couple of years in hostels I don’t if back packers hostel is quite homeless but still difficult to live in that environment. Though still a good interview. I have a massive fear of homelessness.

zrteam@i.ua
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The best episode ever. Such a profound talk. Thank you !

mike-jennings
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What a privilege to hear this story which was never meant to be told.

Jonathan
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Incredible story. If only we could find the real solutions…

Maria
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Maria

Indeed. Couldn’t agree with you more.

Mark
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Amazing story. Thank you very much