The gentleman’s challenge was eagerly accepted.
The results were very interesting:
Day 1 & 2: were relatively easy, although by the end of the second day and night he was starting to feel quite restless.
Day 3 & 4: were becoming stressful – eating his usual cooking had lost most of its appeal, the television shows were repetitive and definitely boring. He also found he was not sleeping well.
Days 5 & 6: signs of anxiety and depression were becoming apparent – he wanted to leave the house and engage with others, his health was even starting to deteriorate because of his unhealthy diet. He found himself talking to himself, as though each part of his body was a separate person.
Day 7: The young man counted the hours and then the minutes, waiting for the end to the seventh day. He was in tears, by the time the hands of the clock finally arrived at the agreed upon time.
He rushed outside, into the sun and fresh-air. He didn’t stop running until he reached the senior gentleman’s residence – where he lived all by himself. The elderly man opened the door, the young man insisted on shaking his new friend’s hand. Although the young man had completed the task – he had to admit that it had given him a completely different outlook, one that would impact many areas of his life! The experience had changed him. To this day, the young man has not forgotten – he never takes for granted the freedom and independence he currently enjoys. He also makes the time to visit regularly with some of the seniors in his community – knowing first-hand the impact it makes.