So I was nominated to do the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. I was excited at first and happy that I had finally been nominated.
My aunt had ALS and passed away many years ago because of it. I felt like I was going to honor her memory by doing it. However I ran into a major problem…. I have no one to nominate.
I posted onto FB that I had been nominated but had no nominees. I also texted a few close friends. Within minutes, I had texts back saying “don’t nominate me,” and “I’m not interested.” I even had one person go as far as telling me not to nominate someone else because they might nominate them back. I’m at a loss. Pretty much everyone I know has either done the challenge or flat out doesn’t want to do it. I don’t want to piss people off by nominating them and having them be bitter towards me that they are now obligated to donate or donate and do the challenge.
I was also told why don’t I just do the challenge and not nominate anyone. That would be defeating the spirit of the challenge and also stopping the constant loop for which I would get flack and bitterness for as well.
So now with a panicked mind and body I did the only thing I could do. I made my donation then contacted my nominator, told her of my dilemma and apologized for disappointing her.
I’m disappointed that a challenge that supposed to raise awareness and in a sense togetherness has caused me nothing but strife from my “friends.” Now I feel really crappy about myself. I try to follow the crowd and do something good and it all blows up in my face.
I’m sorry Aunt Joyce that I can’t honor you in the way I wanted. I miss you and I love you.