OK, 2/2 is good enough for now.
For context, I posted the quoted text on a public site, and someone I have played games with and am likely to meet again, a woman in her 20s(?) from the UK responded with:
I mean I can’t decide which is more offensive. The use of the word hobo or aspiring to be at someone’s very lowest, with no options but to live on the streets usually due to untreated mental health issues and the failings of normal society. But sure you go get that dream
Me: Right, because taking offense at my 6 year old self makes perfect sense.
Her: Your 6 year old sense didn’t choose to word it like that in 2018 did he?
Her again: “when I was 6 I wanted to be a homeless person. Never quite got there but after 3 years on the road I could call myself a nomad due to my access to medicine, my good fortune of having not fallen to mental health issues or substance abuse, which are sadly issues that often lead to homelessness and because I have family and friends I can count on”
Seems like I was unjustly targeted for a tongue-lashing, and I’m not sure why.
My further responses, to which there has been no response for 10+ hours:
Over 30 years ago I wanted to be a “hobo”, and I distinctly remember having latched onto that term, despite having no idea what it meant. 30 years on, I’m not in need of a lecture on the subject. Perhaps I could have phrased the 10 second FB post for greater clarity, but this kind of language policing seems more like a deliberate “misunderstanding” than anything else.
… but I’m happy to extend the benefit of doubt, assume I inadvertently hit a nerve, ask that you reread my first post in light of the explanation I gave, and, uh, electronically shake hands or something. I’m not at all happy with having accidentally kicked off here.
For further clarification (because oh wow, how I hate being misunderstood), my half-formed ideas 30 years ago were informed by adults into Jack Kerouac and images of homeless guys catching rides on trains across America. I also haven’t since seen or heard the term used in any other context that I can remember. Like, ever. If it has become more offensive in the last 20-ish years, I was not aware of it until now. The point of my first post was the absurdity of that “naive, ignorant” kids’ dream, and not, of course not, that I have ever come remotely close to actually being homeless - I don’t need anyone to point out that I’ve always had money, support, and safe places to return to. If anything, all that travel just drilled home how I’ve always been among at least the top 0.1% most privileged people on the planet.