So it finally happened. I got nominated to take part in the #ALSIceBucketChallenge that’s going around on Facebook. I figured it was inevitable. I mean, with 773 friends on Facebook it was bound to happen eventually.
Well guess what…I’m not doing it, and here’s why.
So before this Ice Bucket Challenge went viral about two weeks ago, I had no idea what ALS even was. Upon researching it, I discovered it’s the fancy term for Lou Gehrig’s Disease (which I still had no idea what exactly it was). So I kept researching.
Okay, I get it now. It’s a disease that slowly – yet quickly – kills you by attacking the nervous system. Sounds awful. I can’t even imagine how bad that would suck.
However, I’m still not giving in. Even after watching this video.
Call me heartless, but here’s why:
- As of today, over $41.8 million dollars has been raised – this is amazing!! Especially compared to the $2.1 million that was raised in the same time period last year.
- My rent, two credit card payments, and my student loan are all due within the next 10 days.
- Unfortunately I don’t have $100 to spare.
- I don’t have enough ice cubes in my freezer. Or a bucket.
- I like water too much to dump it on my head. If I wanted a cold shower, I’d take one. Which I won’t be because I like hot showers.
I was taught at an early age not to give into peer pressure. Or forward chain emails. Hell, I wasn’t even allowed to join in on those club chain mail letter things where you’d mail a dollar or stamps or trading cards or something to five people with a list of addresses and then be promised to receive back more than you’d sent out. My mom read right through those and saw that they were dumb.
So because I’m not about to give into peer pressure and dump cold water on myself for no apparent reason, I’ll choose to donate my money to a charity of my choice when I have the money to spare. Which isn’t today.
Will I donate to the ALS Foundation? Maybe. Maybe not.
So anyways…sorry ’bout it, but I won’t be taking part in your Ice Bucket Challenge. In the words of Bianca Del Rio, “Not today, Satan. Not today.”