The marathon is just 2 days away! As I begin finalizing plans and packing my things for the weekend, I think through all of the marathon-related logistics. Honestly, one of the things I'm most concerned about is being able to find and use a toilet at the appropriate times before and potentially during the race. Sounds silly, doesn't it? But for those of you who have run in races (or have run at all), or have gone hiking or camping, or have tried to potty-train a child, you know that potty absence can be a real issue. A bathroom or even a port-a-potty at the right moment is quite the welcome sight!
In case you didn't know, today is World Toilet Day, the day that we thank God for toilets and bring awareness to the fact that there are many people in our world (2.6 billion...that's close to half of the world's population) who don't have adequate access to proper sanitation. Imagine what it would be like to have no certain place to go to the bathroom...if you had to worry for your privacy and safety. Think about how your life would change if you needed to wonder whether there is poo in your water. (Yes, I ask my children to not talk about poop, at least not in public, but today, and for this purpose, it seems totally appropriate).
This is an important issue because people are drinking water that has been in contact with poo. The dirty water gives them diarrhea, which leads to sickness and even death, especially among children. Access to something as simple as a working toilet brings dignity, health, hope, and peace.
So be thankful for your potty today!
And speak out for those who don't have one.