I am all covered in Lent

So, as many of you know, this last Wednesday marked the beginning of the Catholic tradition known as Lent. Lent, by definition, is “the preparation of the believer — through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial — for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.” (thank you, wikipedia). Many believers during this time give up something that is meaningful or important in their lives to emulate the sacrifice Jesus gave up for us. Being that I am not Catholic, I have never given anything up for the 45 day period in which Lent takes place, but this year I have decided to participate. I chose to do this not only for the spiritual significance, but also for a challenge. Frankly, this spring semester of school is ridiculous. Most of you may be extremely surprised to hear that I am not a huge fan of school. Shocking, I know. And I, more than probably any student in the United States, or globally for that matter, am so looking forward to graduating this spring and moving on from high school to the, in my opinion, greater stages in my life. By cunning design, I planned for this last portion of high school to be the easiest of my life. And I succeeded. Not only am I only taking 2 academic classes this semester, but I am only actually in school for a paltry hours of 8-11. With this being said, my life now consists of so much extra time that the most exciting part of my day is when Golden Girls comes on Lifetime at 1:00. I need something to distract me and to fill my time with meaning and significance. What am I giving up, you may ask? Drumroll….I AM GIVING UP EATING AT RESTAURANTS! Deciding was the easy part. I just tried to think of my favorite thing. Okay, that’s food. But obviously giving up food is impossible so, I figured with the ease of restaurants and take-out being removed from my life, not only will I make healthier food choices, but cooking all of my own meals will take up time of consideration and preparation. I am actually very much looking forward to cooking more often and making some things that I have wanted to try and cook for a long time (I will definitely keep you updated in that department). So, far it has been pretty easy to stay committed, but I know it will probably get harder. I think the greatest challenge will be finding a way to get around going out with my friends after school or on weekend.
Right now our fridge is stocked with plenty of food to munch on and experiment with.

What do you guys think? — and remember, cynicism helps no one.

One thought on “I am all covered in Lent

  1. I am so impressed you are doing that! Think of how good it will feel on Easter (or the day after) when you eat out! yay!

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