I am going by the Lenten Calendar for my 40 days of Water, sort of. (Sundays are not counted in the 40 days). The first Sunday, I thought I would completely crack if I didn’t stick with water, so I continued with only water. However, last Sunday I decided to have a glass of soda. (Soda was on sale 10 bottles for $10 and my mom said she “couldn’t resist!” Even though my brother and I were both trying to do 40 days – he has since failed) It had been 11 days since I last had soda, so I poured myself a giant glass of Wild Cherry Pepsi. Usually one of my favorites. My mom sat there cracking up at all the faces I had made. It was entirely too sweet, and tasted SO fake. I couldn’t believe that I would have had this reaction after only 11 days, and I can’t imagine what it will be like after 40+ (I’m not sure I’m going to skip out on my Sundays again after last week). But one of my goals for the year WAS to cut back on Soda. Perhaps cutting it out entirely won’t be such a bad thing.

Another interesting thing is whenever I hear someone mention a drink, on TV, at work, wherever, I always am like “OMG I WANT THAT!” Kitty on That 70s Show mentioned making Shirley Temples and it was 1 in the morning and I was like “Well that sounds good.” One day at work I got in my head that I wanted an Orange Julius. I haven’t had one in YEARS… I’m talking like 10+ years but it was all I wanted that day (and I am proud to say I did not get one and still have not gotten one)

The strangest thing though was when there was a breakfast commercial with a nice big glass of milk. I am not a milk drinker at all, but I was like “WOW! That glass of milk looks GREAT!” And then I stop and think about how lucky I am to HAVE these options. If I wanted I could go to the mall and get an Orange Julius. Next time I am at the bar I can ask for a Shirley Temple.

But these people I am raising money for – they have no choice. They have water and it is not clean water.

And I think that is really what 40 days is all about. Realizing how lucky you are to have what you have. As well as helping others try to get to that point. $1 will provide clean water to 1 person for a whole YEAR, which is amazing.

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