Thursday, December 5, 2013

Experiential Learning Final Reflection

No Food for Me!  
Have you ever experienced those days where you get really hungry, but your parents tell you not to eat too much because you are having people over for a big dinner? Painful, isn't it? Smelling your mother’s cooking (possibly the best, to impress the guests.) You are going crazy, because you want just a tiny bite of that apple pie and yet you can't have any. This year in Humanities class, we were asked to challenge ourselves, and sacrifice something (from meat, to electronics) like people from different religions do.
I decided I wanted to challenge myself and do the mini-Ramadan experiment, after talking with my parents. They allowed me to do it and supported me, as long as I was responsible and careful. I started off by researching a bit more about the Ramadan, and discovered that it is basically when Muslims fast from food from sunrise to sundown. This happens for 30 days (one month) every year since they turn 13. Severely sick or elderly people are allowed not to fast, as well as small kids and pregnant women.
“This morning I woke up very early, and for breakfast I had scrambled eggs, yoghurt with oats, a toast with jam and a glass of milk. By the time I was in school I was still super full, that was until 11:50, more or less. I started feeling hungry, but by third block the hunger got stronger, and I was feeling a bit sleepy. By the time school ended, I was out of energy. I went home and slept for what I felt was about 20 minutes, but in reality I woke up around six. If I could change anything, I would probably go to sleep earlier, and during the day, I would try not to think about food as much as I did today. Water was really important, and it really helped me, so I will be refilling my water bottle for tomorrow. I am looking forward for day two; I'll keep you posted!” This was a short segment of the post I wrote after a very long, and difficult day without eating.
I feel that both the second and the third day were noticeably easier. I found out that the key was to keep myself distracted, so time would pass much quicker. After finishing my last Ramadan day, I was delighted that I could eat when I pleased, but most importantly I was really proud of myself. I honestly thought that I was going to give in and eat, which I thought about doing several times. I think that it is very important to recognize the Muslims for this, because it is truthfully a tough task, especially if you have to do it for a whole month.
I learned that with patience and perseverance you can do what you set your mind to do. I feel it was very worth it. I feel that I saw a side of my I had never seen; I was really strong and worked really extremely hard to do the experiment right, despite the (what seemed like glorious) temptations coming from the cafeteria. It was very important for me to take care of myself, and I did, which is why I could beat the challenge. In the future I really want to try this experiment again, and maybe even for a longer period of time. I enjoyed carrying this whole project out, and I feel that what I learned was learnt in a very exciting way.