I once heard that there are seven different things you should do to reach happiness in life. Two of them I remember like the back of my hand, almost like when you hear something and actually feel the emotions that come with what is being spoken. The first is to do one thing everyday that scares you, and the other is to give to others that are less fortunate than you.
To “do one thing every day that scares you or is different” is the exact reason that we chose to partner with Challenge21. Challenge21 is embracing that exact notion – to do something that scares you or is different than your normal routine. Jake Norton’s goal to climb the three highest peaks in all seven continents to raise $2.1 million for clean water is something that no one has ever accomplished. It is one of the hardest tasks to complete as a mountaineer. He does not know what is going to happen on any of these climbs, or what the weather will be like but he does it anyway because it is something new and extreme and scary. It is something that makes him happy.
To “give to others” less fortunate than you is something that sounds very easy to do. However, I have found that the idea to give to others is not as easy as it seems. To give to someone else you have to have many other qualities that come with giving. You have to be compassionate, loving, caring, cultured, and strong. Giving is something that we as Live Worldly have made a goal. We want to put ourselves in the shoes of the people that we are working with and help to address their most pressing needs. Challenge21 has a similar goal in trying to raise awareness and funds to address the world’s most alarming issues – clean water and sanitation.
My journey with Challenge 21 started 13 years ago on an outward bound trip when I met our trip leader, Wende Valentine (now Jake’s wife). At a young age she taught me the value of experiencing other cultures and finding my true passions. This was the beginning of my love for traveling and connecting with others around the world. Wende has been in a leading role at Water for People for nearly 10 years and has teamed up with Jake to create and build Challenge21 into what it is today. We are thrilled to be able to work with Jake, Wende, Challenge21, and Water For People on this campaign and to help climb the mountain to clean water.