It is 5am on Saturday, 21st May, and I am sitting in bed working on a presentation for Rotaract Eastern Region Club Officer Training next weekend. How easily I have slipped into my old routine of no sleep, after having my first post LBL meal last night. In case you were wondering, it was a falafel burger, coke zero, and some fries shared with friends. And yes, my tummy did not thank me for it.
What a changed perspective I have from living below the line. I have raised awareness about poverty to my workmates and Facebook friends, I even inspired an old workmate of mine to forgo coffee and Pepsi Max for the week and eat cuppa-soups for lunch every day, I learnt about waste and budgeting, and I have a new found appreciation for water. Not only that, I also lost 3.2kg and raised $600 for Oaktree Foundation, and helped contribute to the $1.1 million AUD which has been collected so far.
Where to from here, though? I am going to continue to raise awareness about the poverty and injustices which face 1.4 billion people each and every day in this world. In all honesty, I really don’t think that we will ever be able to escape poverty. However, if I can go to sleep every night knowing that I tried my hardest to make a difference in the life of at least one person living in poverty, I will be satisfied. If I can go to sleep every night knowing that I tried my hardest to make a difference in the life of at least one family living in poverty, I will be happy. If I can go to sleep every night knowing that I tried my hardest to make a difference in the life of one community living in poverty, I will be over the moon.
“It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done” – Samuel Johnson, in Boswell’s Life of Johnson, 1770
We have one life. Let’s make it count.