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Alec Dawson


Within a period of four months I lost my job (12 year tenure) and separated from my wife (13 years) all while in midst of suffering from a long term depression that I’ve held for as long as I can remember. Living in Sydney (one of the world’s most expensive cities), I felt suddenly felt very vulnerable and fears of both literal and metaphorical homelessness permeated my consciousness like a dense fog. For years I have struggled to maintain meaningful friendships (partially due to my nomadic nature) and lasting functional relationships. As a child, I was the kid that was not invited to play by the other kids. I was never popular. My long term feelings of exclusion were suddenly heightened and magnified when I had lost the keys to my financial and emotional security. I felt abandoned and at the same time I felt my anguish was invisible to others. I was left with the notion that I would not have a warm happy place or future and that I would be relegated to scavenging for survival.

Alec Dawson

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