What did I get myself into? When I first heard about The Action Challenge, I honestly thought it was going to be something nice, cute and something I wouldn't be able to do. I probably thought it was going to be a 5k or an obstacle course or a God-forsaken hike.
I was ready for not being able to do it and to be cheering everyone else from the sidelines. Guess what? It's not something nice and cute and it's definitely not something I can't do. On the contrary, it's something that I feel like I have to do.
I attend Azusa Pacific University in the Greater Los Angeles area. At said university, we have this office by the name of the Center for Student Action. Their whole purpose is to "mobilize and educate students toward responsible and transformational service locally and globally."
This year, they've started a new tradition called The Action Challenge. It's not about taking a day of your time to go do a service project. It's not about giving money or material possessions. The Action Challenge is about you.
For 14 days starting tomorrow, those who signed up to take the challenge will be living their lives a little differently, depending on the day. This is a two week long learning experience for us and it's going to get hard.
Here's a run down of the days so you get an idea of what I'm a little scared of doing:
I'm challenging the way I live my life according the way other people have to live theirs. Throughout this challenge, I will be blogging about my experiences and my hardships. My successes and my failures.
This is not me hoping for your recognition or a pat of the back. This is me knowing that I am a natural whiner and a written processor who is trying to challenge herself into thinking about the privilege I have as an American and as a wealthy person, on a global scale.
If you're a fellow Azusa Pacific student who wants to get involved in this challenge, click here for all the details. As for everyone else, wish us luck.