… a phrase that I’m certain many of us are guilty of saying once or twice a day.
I’ve always been somewhat of an overly dramatic individual; hyperbole language being a character trait since I was a child. I would be forced to wait forever; I always had a million problems and a ton of homework to get through.
As an “adult”, I’ve come to learn how to tone down my vocabulary to appropriately address my needs. Perhaps it’s coming to learn and understand the intense effect on the world that our words can have, or maybe because I’m finally growing out of that stage of my life that the overdramatic flares are no longer necessary to get my point across. But for some reason, the word starving has never been able to leave the depths of my personal vocab.
What does it mean to be starving? In my world it means that my morning bagel from Tim Hortons wasn’t enough. That the “All You Can Eat” sushi bar near the office wasn’t as appealing as I wanted it to be. That a commute home took longer that I had wanted it to and my evening routine has been pushed back. That I’m too lazy to walk to the grocery store so my cupboard holds nothing but stale crackers and 19 different and opened packages of pasta.
“omg I’m starving, so I ordered a pizza” – is always how that text message finishes reading. Like the rest of the world, I’m wonderfully addicted to pizza and am interested in learning about how to make pizza consumption my full time job. When I’m starving, the Dominos guy is typically banging on my door with a pizza I’ve ordered from the comfort of my couch.1
Did you know that when your body is actually starving, it begins to attack itself? Desperate for any kind of valid nutrition, the body has no choice but to investigate nutrients and protein that our muscles are using to keep us going.
At World Vision Youth Canada, we take hunger seriously. We provide emergency food to make sure children and families get the essential nutrients during a time of crisis. We also help families strengthen and improve their ability to produce or purchase their own food. This helps communities to be better equipped to handle future food challenges.
Families in rural areas often grow or raise their own food. They rely on crops and animals that grow locally as well as traditional recipes that may not equal balanced, nutritious meals. We focus on providing nutrition for pregnant and lactating mothers, along with mothers with children under 5, who are most vulnerable to the long-term impact of malnutrition.
I’m not sure how we’ve hijacked this word and turned into a declaration of personal status. How often are you telling people that you’re starving? Does the word come across your lips easily? What are the circumstances? Is it because your full fridge appears to be empty, or because your home has been devastated by natural disaster, war or an economic collapse?
I ask you to be deliberate with the words that you’re choosing each day – think about what you’re saying, who might actually be experiencing those feelings, and what you can do to actually stop those feelings of hunger. Challenge yourself to learn more about the issues, raise awareness, and fundraise for the cause and fast for 30 hours to experience it all.
When you join the 30 Hour Famine, you are joining a global movement dedicated to tackling and ending extreme hunger and poverty.
“omg I’m starving… for change”
1 Fun Fact: Once, I documented the entire pizza journey on Snapchat to one of our Youth Ambassadors because I take my mentoring job a little too seriously.Read other posts from The Voice.