In the past few days I have had some writer’s block, debating what to write about next. Then yesterday I received an email, a comment on a post that I had written in the spring. Along with several other social good bloggers, I lived below the poverty line for several days in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the World Food Programme. It was an awfully difficult few days. And even though it was just a few days it taught me a great deal, about myself and about the strength of those who must live below the line. This is the email:
“I’m so glad that you guys have decided to do something about this issue. What amazes me is that so many find this such a challenge. I, myself, live under the poverty line. There are days where I do not eat at all.
Many do not realize that buying any amount of groceries is a privilege. I am not lazy, nor am I unintelligent. I am going to school full time, doing clinicals, and trying to work as much as I can. I am gone from 9 a.m- 11 p.m every single day. I know that this is not a permanent situation. I know with 100% certainty that I will one day become “financially free” and I’m happy that I’m experiencing this so that I will remember, before I buy those $400 shoes or $1,000 sheets, that I am starving someone else. Money, in the right hands, can do amazing things for people that do not have it.
Did you know that taking more than you need is clinically insane? A reason that humans have survived is because of our need to help others and continue the success of our species. Yet, we live in a culture that is trying to teach us the opposite. Take more and look after ones’ self.
Seeing celebrities buy homes for over a million dollars that they will not be occupying majority of the time is saddening. One-million dollars alone would pay my rent for 196 years; that will be one of the things I take from this experience and remember for when I am no longer poor. Hopefully, anyone seeing this can remember that and give back what they can and say “no” to buying a unnecessary item that could instead be used to feed a local family!
To those like me- stay positive! There are way more things in life that are worth so much more than money. Trust that you will be okay and smile, life is too short and moments are too precious to let your days be wasted with sadness over a piece of paper.”
Every so often, we bloggers get a comment which reminds us that what we do matters to someone, whether we are posting recipes, product reviews or social good initiatives. Thank you for that reminder, Raven. It means the world to me.