So later this week I’m going to be ‘Living below the line’. “What’s that?” I hear you ask. Well, by living below the line I will be temporarily joining 1.2 billion people currently classed as living in ‘extreme poverty’. Just take a moment to think about that for a second, 1.2 BILLION people around the world living in extreme poverty, that’s nearly twenty times the population of the UK.
The challenge is to live off £5 for 5 days – £1 a day for food, in order to raise awareness, and hopefully funds, to help the situation. Primarily I decided to do this when I heard about one of my friends doing this and I realised that that day, I had just eaten a single meal that cost over three times the amount that my friend had for food for an entire working week. I guess that’s when the injustice of the situation hit me, also, with preparations for Kenya well on the way, I will soon be living around people permanently forced into this situation, it seems only reasonable that I have even the smallest experience of what the word ‘poverty’ actually means.
We’ve all heard people say “We must remember how lucky we are”. But quite frankly, this isn’t true. I’m not at all lucky to be in the situation I’m in. I do, however, believe I am incredibly blessed. I have so much in my life to be unbelievably grateful for, but to be honest, I don’t believe that I’m lucky to be in the situation that I’m in, I’ve been given so much in my life and I’m so thankful, but can you really be thankful to chance? But the thing with being blessed is it’s what you do with it. Everyone is blessed in some way, to some degree and no matter what or how much you’ve been given in life, it’s our job to use it to our full potential.
So, the next time you see someone ‘less fortunate’ than yourselves and you think to yourself how ‘lucky’ you are, maybe take a minute to think why you’re in that situation, because I genuinely believe that for some reason, I have been blessed beyond belief 🙂