So…three years ago this summer I decided to do something a little radical. Now to understand why I did this you have to know a few things about me:
- By day I work as a writer for a non-profit that deals with global hunger (among other things).
- My mother had just died.
- My kids live with their father during the summer and so I was all alone (this was before I acquired my Bassett Hound, who now ensures I never truly feel alone!)
I decided to take the Hunger Challenge. That link gives you an example of a Hunger Challenge but the basic gist is that I spent five days eating on $1.25/day, which is about the amount of money people living in extreme poverty around the world have to feed their entire families, not just theirselves.
It was an interesting exercise to say the least. I was 4 years post-op at the time so I wasn’t that concerned about physical implications (that is to say, don’t try this at home, kids!) and I learned a lot about what hunger really is.
If you want you can peruse my daily videos as I went through the challenge. Some of them are long-ish, but all of them share the insight from what I was actually going through at the time.
Day Five (sorta…)