A man had been grappling with cabin fever and was desperately seeking a change of scenery. The weather had recently turned warm, and this hatched an idea, although it wouldn’t be popular with the neighbors.
Amidst the pandemic, the man had no option but to stay inside all day. “I’ve been working from home and am generally stuck at home, which sucks, especially considering the summer has arrived”, he explained.
An Outdoor Remedy
Whilst the man wasn’t able to leave his property except for short walks, he had found a remedy in nature. “Getting outside helps a lot, but I’ve mainly been sitting in my yard in the daytime, which gets old fast”, he continued.
To mix things up a bit, the man had recently been sleeping outside in his yard. It was warm enough and he had a hammock that fit perfectly between two trees, so he saw no reason not to do this.
An Enjoyable Habit
The man expressed his joy for his new sleeping habit. “I love sleeping under the stars at night”, he beamed. “It’s nice, it’s peaceful, and it makes me feel a lot less like a rat in a cage nowadays.”
Acknowledging His Weirdness
However, the man did recognize that his sleeping arrangement was unusual. He had plenty of friends who went for walks to make their isolation more bearable, but none of them had gone to the extremes of sleeping outside
Unfortunately, the man’s harmless habit soon attracted negative attention. “My neighbors are bothered by it – they said it is weird, and they don’t want someone sleeping outdoors near where their kids play”, he wrote. “They don’t like me being out there because their family has less privacy, and think it would be better if I stayed in the house at night.”
An Attempt at Understanding
When confronted by his neighbors, the man tried to explain his perspective. He conveyed that his intentions were not to disrupt or invade his neighbors’ privacy but rather to find an outlet for relaxation and stress relief in these trying times.
A Difference in Perspective
Despite his explanation, tensions persisted. His neighbors remained unsatisfied with the situation, going as far as to say he was creeping out their children.
Defending His Freedom
The man was unsure what to do. On one hand, the man felt that his new sleeping routine was harmless. It was clear that he wasn’t creeping on any neighbors, and was simply trying to find a way to break up his days from indoor isolation. He pointed out that people slept under the stars all the time, yet apparently doing so in his own yard was more inappropriate than other locations.
Understanding Their Discomfort
However, the man did see where his neighbors were coming from. Whilst he felt that their accusations of having their privacy breached were a little extreme, he could understand why some people might find it odd, as there was no denying it was an unusual activity. The last thing he wanted to do was make people feel uncomfortable in their own yards.
The man worried that he was overlooking the weirdness of his outdoor sleeping, so he headed online, posting his conundrum and asking for second perspectives. “Dude, don’t listen to them!”, exclaimed one reader. “You’re on your own property. Tell them you don’t want kids playing near where you sleep.”
Doing Nothing Wrong
The man was relieved to discover that nobody thought his actions were wrong or creepy. “You’re in your own backyard, and while it may be uncommon behavior, you’re not doing anything wrong”, defended another reader. “If they want more privacy, they can put up a fence, plant trees, close their blinds/curtains, whatever. It’s on them.”
Keep His Clothes On
Overall, the man received no criticism, and it was made clear that everyone thought his neighbors were overreacting. However, one commenter had a warning, albeit one made in jest: “You’re doing nothing wrong… as long as you’re keeping your clothes on”, they laughed.
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