Living Just Above The Line – I Think Is My Utopia

Day 25

  • Olympia, Washington State
  • Breakfast: my favourite steal cut oats, orange peel and water – cheap one so more snacks in the day
  • Snacks: ¼ banana, sunflower butter, ½ bagel
  • Lunch: lentils with dash of curry powder, 1 onion and 1 bulb of garlic (half), 1/2 yam
  • Dinner: lentils with dash of curry powder, 1 onion and 1 bulb of garlic, 1/2 yam and half a bagel

Rained non-stop, not even 1 minute break, for the whole day and I was very happy to be in a wonderful hosts house preparing for global polio eradication advocacy I will be doing in Canada this summer – a new role with Global Poverty Project! http://www.theendofpolio.com

If I could double my daily amount to $3 of food or even $5 I think I would be in utopia…

Live Below the Line has taught me so much on this journey and how to appreciate everything that little bit more and how special even the smallest things are… I love living with this appreciation but I would also like to do it where I can eat a few more fruits and vegetables.

Simple lentils and yam means so much when you have little – thats the way I like it… The bagel is pure luxury!

I can see myself Live Just Above the Line on many occasions from here on. When I did LBL last year for a month I continued to do LBL every Monday for the few months after. I think I can take it to another level this year – not by doing LBL more as I really need to put on a little weight but to live, eat and act simply, meaningfully and appreciatively.

Less if often more as you will have gathered in my posts to now but Live Below the Line has given me an avenue to pursue and enjoy it in a way that I haven’t been able to do as easily in developed contexts.

I can only encourage others to think about doing a Live Below the Line meal, day or week – anytime and then enjoy the satisfaction of it and think about how you might look at doing it on a more regular basis… or I could sell this with – save money, eat healthy and feel great about the world around you!

Everything I could ever want in life – transport, accommodation (tent) and freedom to do it…

Then to tie it all back into the Live Below the Line cause – imagine what it would mean to someone who lives in extreme poverty FOR LIFE to double their earnings… and the scary things is it doesn’t usually go into food but to education and an attempt to create access and opportunity… amazing eh – they put up with so much and are so powerful to overcome these things everyday – that is my greatest appreciation from this trip so far!

Not much but means so much – access, opportunity & the future without extreme poverty…

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Do you want the good news or the good news? Happyzine and my article

My first little media hit here in Aotearoa New Zealand and in the very awesome online Happyzine:

http://happyzine.co.nz/2012/03/04/darcy-lunn-rides-the-world-for-the-global-poverty-project-and-live-below-the-line/ 

See below for the text and a little surprised they published my comment about a Kiwi lass… anyway its out there now!

Of interest I also met a guy yesterday, currently in Wellington keen to be a part of the world in a positive light – www.biciclown.com has ridden over 100,000km learning from the world and making it a happier place by riding a bike and clowning around!

d’Arcy Lunn rides the world for the Global Poverty Project and Live Below the Line

Submitted by Charlotte on March 4, 2012 – 8:55 pm

I have the biggest admiration, thanks, joy, belief and faith in humanity having lived my dream everyday for the past 11 years since graduating from university.

I’m an educator, teacher, advocate, campaigner and celebrator on everything to do with global, social and environmental justice. I have been extremely lucky to volunteer, teach, learn and travel to over 50 countries and mainly in developing countries. From these experiences I have learnt we are all wonderful humans in a beautiful world and should be treated with the same amount of respect, interest and love. Everything I do is based around this and always in a happy, positive, can-do, fun approach.

My latest exploit to inform and inspire others to foster this connectedness is a cycling tour in April and May in north-western America.

Representing the Global Poverty Project and the Live Below the Line campaign I will ride 1000 miles giving global awareness presentations and eating on less than US$1.50/day (the definition for people living in extreme poverty [for everything]). Join me for the ride – http://lunnyLBTL.wordpress.com

After first falling in love with this country as I rode around the South Island in 2009 my ultimate dream is to settle in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2013. I will aim to establish a youth and schools presentation and program for the Global Poverty Project as I have done inAustraliafor the past two years.

Aotearoa New Zealand is my ultimate destination to:

  • Integrate into a community – suggestions welcome but will have to beat Paekakariki
  • Promote community participation, active citizenship and volunteering,
  • Establish a sustainable living model and education project (have the proposal on the sketch pad if you want to know more)
  • Run, walk, bike on every possible trail this beautiful nature has to offer
  • Find a nice Kiwi lass! I’m 33 fit, health and love the world…!
  • Learn

For this year get yourselves familiar with the Global Poverty Project and in particular the Live Below the Line campaign in September, follow my journeys through my blogs and think about informing and inspiring your youth and community with a 1.4 Billion Reasons presentation in 2013 when I will be back to settle in this pure natural and human country.

Many Thanks

d’Arcy.

My 29th of the month sunrise but my first 29th of Feb & pretty happy to be in Paekakariki for it too!

If you are interested in why I would ride 1000 miles Living Below the Line then please read below:

WHY

  • I am not doing this to self promote, fish compliments or impress anyone
  • This trip is a product of experiences, learning and inspiration from the past 11 years of travel, volunteering and learning, especially in developing countries
  • I want to advocate and be the middleman
    • Hopefully for the first time people will be drawn to do Live Below the Line from May 7-11 (AU, US, UK) and September 20-24 in New Zealand
    • Others will be able to see if I can do it riding for a month riding a bike, Live Below the Line is possible for them for five days
    • Hopefully they will also see it will be a great experience with lots of learning, empathy and inspiration
    • What I am doing is beyond the campaign but it is nothing compared with the 1.4 billion people in the world who live in extreme poverty every day with no assurances of an end
  • I love simplicity and seeing the world in that light – I know I will learn a lot with powerful perspectives and insights
  • I want to show the amazing resilience, resourcefulness and unrelenting hope and hard work of people who live in extreme poverty
  • I want to empower the people who live in extreme poverty – so we see them as truly remarkable
    • From this point we can understand and take action in support – not through pity, guilt or sadness
  • There is no better way to see a place and it’s people than on a bike sharing stories and lives
  • I’m a human just as important and insignificant as anyone else and this is what I do, just as others do with equal commitment and purpose as students, parents, workers, volunteers, etc…
  • I want to see everyone have access and opportunity, voluntary simplicity and a perpetual smile as I am lucky to have
  • Offer an example for more people to live within the capacity of our environment, and enjoying it
  • Advocate nature, cycling, simplicity, sustainability, healthy lifestyles, community interaction
  • Hits and giggles – the world is a wonderful place to have fun… why not!
  • I live, learn and act to see a world without extreme poverty anymore

Cycling 1000 miles eating on less than US$1.50/day… WHY?

The messages I want to send out by doing this trip – and most importantly why…

WHY in detail

  • I am not doing this to showcase myself, self promote, fish compliments or impress anyone
  • This trip is based on the experiences, learning and inspiration I have pulled from the past 11 years of travel, volunteering and learning, especially in developing countries
  • I want to advocate and be the middleman
    • Hopefully for the first time people will be drawn to do Live Below the Line from May 7-11
    • Others will be able to see if I can do it riding for a month, Live Below the Line is possible for them for five days
    • Hopefully they will also see it will be a great experience with lots of learning, empathy and inspiration
    • What I am doing is beyond the campaign but it is nothing compared with the 1.4 billion people in the world who live in extreme poverty every day with no assurances of an end
  • I love simplicity and seeing the world in that light – I know I will learn a lot with powerful perspectives and insights
  • I want to show the amazing resilience, resourcefulness and unrelenting hope and hard work people who live in extreme poverty have
  • I want to empower the people who live in extreme poverty – so we see them as truly remarkable
    • From this point we can understand and take action in support – not pity, guilt or sadness
  • There is no better way to see a place and it’s people than on a bike sharing stories and lives
  • I’m a human just as important and insignificant as anyone else and this is what I do, just as others do with equal commitment and purpose as students, parents, workers, volunteers, etc…
  • I want to see everyone have access and opportunity, voluntary simplicity and a perpetual smile as I am lucky to have
  • Offer an example for more people to live within the capacity of our environment, and enjoying it
  • Advocate nature, cycling, simplicity, sustainability, healthy lifestyles, community interaction + ?…
  • Shits and giggles – the world is a wonderful place to have fun… why not!
  • I live, learn and act to see a world without extreme poverty anymore