Giving up running water can almost seem like giving up air. But believe it or not, there are still people in the world who do not have access to running water. What do they do it? They send the women to walk to get the day's water, and sometimes the nearest source of water is miles away.
These women forgo their education in order to fetch water. The mere act of walking to the water source puts them in danger. Assault is real everywhere else in the world, too.
I knew giving up water would be a challenge, but it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. Here's what wrote in my journal yesterday morning, before things really got started:
I really did set out a bowl on my balcony in order to collect rain water just in case I didn't have enough. This is before I had coffee, so I definitely wasn't in my right state of mind.
Not having running water wasn't all that difficult, but I only had to do it for one day. I saw it as an opportunity to ignore my dishes and my laundry, but there would come a point where those things would have to get done and that would present a new challenge.
By the way, I definitely don't drink enough water and that was very apparent when my container was not empty by the end of the day. While I may not have had it all that difficult yesterday, it really got me thinking about how difficult it could have been and how difficult it is for people all over the world.
Yesterday, I was grateful for running water and today my heart aches for those who don't have that luxury.
P.S. Azusa Pacific students, it's not too late to sign up for The Action Challenge.