So, it’s that time of the year again. Lent. I’m a big Lent participator, which surprises people sometimes. I am not a big church-goer, but having gone all through my childhood and part of my adulthood on a regular basis, giving up something every year for Lent is something I just DO. I suppose it’s less about religion – actually, a LOT less about religion – than it is about detoxing or making something about myself better.
The list of things I typically give up for Lent is this: cookies, candy, ice cream, potato chips and French fries. I also avoid meat on Friday. This year, I’m changing it up a bit. Of the above list, I was only going to give up candy, but because I ended up having a Girl Scout Cookie party-for-one yesterday at work (I ate approx 1 million Thin Mints ALL BY MYSELF), I decided maybe it would be a good idea to lay off the cookies for a while. So as for food, cookies and candy are on the no-no list until Easter.
I’m giving up a couple of other, non-food things as well. One is swearing in my house. I often have the vocabulary of a very stressed-out sailor, and, you know, it’s not cool to drop f-bombs in the vicinity of your three-year-old. I mean, I try to keep it clean, but I’m constantly screwing up. (Obviously – and I don’t even have to say this, right? – I don’t swear AT her.) But anyway, I need to stop this, so I’m kicking off Project Clean Language during Lent, with plans for it to last FOREVER.
The other thing I’m giving up is Facebook/Twitter/the internet in general on the weekends. I often shut down my laptop for the weekend, but my Crackberry is always right there, and I am CONSTANTLY checking in on FB and Twitter, at least. And I don’t want to do that anymore. It’s such a distraction during a time that I’m supposed to be relaxing or having fun or gearing up for the next work week – and always checking on various social media sites seems counterproductive. I will use my phone for talking and texting however. I mean, I have to stay in contact, right?
Do you “do” Lent? If so, why? And what are you giving up?