Congrats on completing the challenge:)
We were challenged at the same time and I only lasted two days! I made a donation to the Wounded Warriors Service Dog Program instead.
@Bash That was a lame excuse - you can always do both ;)
22 a day is no biggie for me so I tried to be sure each one was chest-to-floor.
Bigger deal was not forgetting a day. My sister did it too after seeing my posting, so I donated some $ to Wounded Warriors Service Dogs for both of us.
@Bubo, the other part of the story is that we were challenged by a friend of 'Bent's who has been posting some annoying stuff on Facebook. I didn't feel like doing something just because he told me to!
@Bash: you don't do this kind of thing because someone told you to. You do it because it is a good idea. Even people who can are annoying can have a good idea - I just often miss them because I tune them out.
I keep him as a Facebook friend specifically because I don’t want to tune out people with different views, even if a few - like him - can sometimes be obnoxious about the way they express them. However, I don't think the 22-push-up challenge is a particularly good idea, although I'm sure it could be fun and there's nothing wrong with doing it. If anyone was somehow unaware of the serious problem of PTSD and suicide among veterans, I guess it raised awareness for them, but there was seldom any tangible action built into the challenge that would actually help veterans even though Wounded Warriors accepts 22-push-up donations. I saw a lot of push-up videos posted to social media tagging friends but there were very few calls to real action. So I would have done push-ups if a good friend asked me to, but it would have been out of respect for that friend and not because I felt it helped veterans. Instead, I made two financial donations - one in honour of my own challenge and one in honour of a friend who is an Air Force commander who posted interesting, Canadian-specific information (22 is a U.S. 2013 statistic) each day while doing her push-ups and pledging $22 to Wounded Warriors on most of those days. She also felt that the challenge, as typically presented on social media, lacked purpose but she worked hard to give it purpose.
I get that Bash. I do think the Facebook traffic helped remind some people about these problems with veterans. I feel the general population rarely considers the significance of problems in the mind that can lead to self distructive behaviour. I did the push-ups to force myself to remember that mental illness is real, and I believe a growing problem in modern society.
OK, I obviously didn´t quite follow the full original story... I thought it was more about the dogs than the warriors.
There's nothing wrong with the 22-push-up challenge! The benefits just weren't sufficiently compelling to comply when tagged by that particular guy. If you had tagged me, I would have done both the push-ups and the donation. For him, just the donation. Context is everything! :) And agreed, mental illness deserves more attention.