Fundraising · Reflection

How Apathy is Born

I never thought I would ever say this, but being comfortable makes me feel uncomfortable.

“Why,” you might ask?

Around last June, I made several major transitions in my life. First, I was hired for my very first career job in a major nonprofit organization in Orange County. I was living in the Bay Area with my family at the time, so I needed to find a way to secure housing and roommates in Orange County. I was scared and did not know how to even get started, but I had about 2 months to pull things together before I started my new position.

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I didn’t know anything about the new city I was going to live in. I just knew I had to figure things out on my own.

After I managed to find a place to call home and people who were willing to live with me, I needed to survive the cost-of-living in Orange County. It is one of the highest in California and I needed to make my entry-level non-profit wages stretch a thousand miles. There was a brief point in time where I was concerned about having enough gas to drive to work or being able to buy enough food for the week. Fortunately, I did not have any debt and I had already been practicing simple living to maximize the amount I could contribute to my savings. I was able to move toward financial security as the months passed. As you may see, the entire year tested me quite a bit and was a challenge. I have to admit, I felt like I grew (up) substantially during this time.

Presently, I have been able to save enough money to be able to set aside a budget for giving and also furnishing the home I currently live in. Although I still make a humble amount of money, I have been feeling very rich because I no longer worry about trying to scrape by in the city I live in. I am starting to feel like I belong to my community. I am able to take care of myself as well as fulfilling my aspirations to make my surroundings my own and to also give toward causes that move me.

At work, the morning and evening commute had been very rough because there has been major construction around our location. This meant detour upon detours. Just recently, the original routes had been restored and the detours were lifted. I was finally able to save at least 20 minutes, round trip, on my commute. While driving out of work last week, I noticed that I was feeling uncomfortable. Everything felt TOO easy as I breezed home. I was not thinking about anything in particular as I was driving. Was this apathy?

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Is this really all we have to live for? If so, what a boring existence.

In that moment, I came to realize the danger in getting too comfortable in my present reality. Perhaps this is what leads to people relying on tunnel vision for purely existing and only being aware of what directly affects them. The comfort I experienced meant that I had a higher chance of focusing solely on myself and not enough on the community in need around me. I noticed how privileged I was to be where I am, today.

Instead of sitting in comfort, I decided to choose growth. I want to grow myself as well as the community I influence around me. Because I have a certain level of stability, I have the freedom to lend my resources to people who need it more than I do. That brings me to today and my project to run 13.1 miles on behalf of rural African communities without access to clean water.

The fact that there are communities worrying about access to safe water makes me truly uncomfortable.

I invite you to join me in pushing the comfort level in your own life. Perhaps you know you could be making a difference in another life but are feeling apprehensive of where to start. Today, I want you to consider giving $50 to my fundraiser. I have been updating this website and posting my progress so that you may have the fullest confidence in this mission. Please visit my fundraiser page by clicking on the image or link below and give $50 to a child in need, today:

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Click here to donate $50 to one child for LIFETIME water and health.

Thank you for reading, Friend. If this is your first time at my blog, please feel free to visit my “Start Here” page in order to learn more about why I am doing this whole blogging and training thing in the first place!

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