LIVE BELOW THE LINE IS OVER!!
On one hand I am endlessly grateful – grateful for this life I have and everything that comes with it; the security, the ease, the textures of different foods, the variety, and on the other hand I am uneasy to know that whilst my 5 days of LBL are over, for over a billion people on this planet, they don’t have a end goal. That is their lives.
I never would have thought that I would have learnt so much doing a 5 day challenge like that. The saying, ‘you never understand one’s situation until you walk a day in their shoes.’
In saying this, it was a tough 5 days. The last two being the hardest. On day 4 (Thursday) I went to my normal ‘coffee catchup’ with a group of friends and I sat there miserably as they all had their lattes and cappuccinos. Generally, I only have one coffee a day, but the lack of coffee and the sheer amount of refined carbohydrates I was consuming (rice rice rice) I felt so sluggish all week. On day 4 I woke up with a headache which didn’t subside after breakfast and copious amounts of water and, again, I came very close to throwing in the towel. At the end of the day though, I made it through!
The last day (Friday) was somewhat easier simply by knowing it was the last day of porridge and rice that I would be having and that a breakfast with girlfriends was just one sleep away. And coffee. Boy, I was soooooo very ready for a soy latte. Another day of sleepiness and headaches seemed not so bad when I thought about how far I had come!
My LBL experience was a great opportunity to reflect on how much we consume and how much money we spend on food and food products yet it also makes you realize how different life would be if you were living below the poverty line; throughout the week I didn’t go out to coffee, for lunch or to friends houses like I normally would. But at the end of the day, when I move out, I know that if worst comes to worst, I can still feed myself on $2 a day!