The sign above us gave no indication of when the train might be coming leaving us with no sense of time, just one word: Delayed
Usually any pre-warning of delays is met with groans of annoyance and angry mutterings below breaths but instead we laughed, happy to not have missed the last train home and pulled our coats in tighter against the wind and waited.....
Minutes turned into an hour then an hour and a half before a security guard told us that our delayed train was a long gone train and that we'd have to get a replacement bus service back to Luton. Nonetheless we continued to be in good spirits as we listened to music,laughed and bonded just as though we were camping but without the crackling fire and toasted marshmallows.
We were not the only campers at the station, there was two friends
Roy expressed how he felt let down, unloved and how his days were spent smoking illegal substances and his nights playing sofa roulette with friends who could share their space for a day or two.
Roy is 27
Ten years ago he would have been a teenager, a teenager already on the wrong side of the law, facing homelessness and poverty and as I watched him rub his hands in genuine excitement as our replacement bus stopped in front of us,it made me feel sad, sad that someone else could be sleeping rough, another adult or perhaps even more concerning a teenager.
A teenager just turned seventeen having to fend for themselves and act like a grown-up in a situation that not even an adult can understand or a younger teen exposed to not only the cold of the night but exploitation and abuse. This is why I strongly support the Children's Society #SeriouslyAwkward campaign; the law needs to change to protect our teenagers and offer them the protection and support they need . If a change is made now, by the time our teenagers are adults they can live a life full of confidence and security.
On Thursday 19th November I am honoured to be attending The Children's Society Annual Rudolph Debate 2015: Teens in crisis? The debate will be taking place at 6 pm and not only will you be able to watch live but you can join in by submitting questions via twitter using #SeriouslyAwkward and putting your questions to the panel.
You can find out more and watch the debate here :http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/debate
What questions would you place before the panel? #SeriouslyAwkward