Today's challenge is to refrain from using words like "retarded" as an insult. This is a campaign supported by the Special Olympics and many other popular groups. They're trying to emphasize that being retarded isn't the same as being stupid, and it's an actual medical condition that has huge impacts on people's lives around the world. Word choice does matter, even if you're just joking around! Besides, you don't know who around you may be affected by something like mental retardation. It could affect one of their friends or their family members in a way that you don't understand.
I got this idea for a challenge last year, but I was reminded of it a few days ago when I heard that a club in my school had recently given people the opportunity to pledge not to use words like "retarded" to mean stupid. Somehow I missed out on that, but the special olympics site has a way you can pledge if anyone is interested! You can find it right here.
On a different note, I went into the city to celebrate my mom's birthday with my family tonight! I didn't find any change on the ground, but with my family's help I was able to complete two challenges! First of all, we actually did the Pay it Forward challenge multiple times. I wish we could have seen the looks on the faces of the people whose tolls we paid for! We also went out to dinner, so we took that opportunity to complete the Dining Out challenge. We had a really nice waiter and a great dinner so we left an extra tip and a nice thank you note! :)