What I’m Giving Up For Lent
Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, which means itâ€™s also the start of the Lenten season.
This year has just flown right past me. I feel like the older I get, the more I realize that a year is not long at all. Itâ€™s a short about of time, and I am striving to enjoy every second.
Last year during this time, I decided that I was going to give up coffee for the duration of Lent, which came to 47 days (including Sundays and Leap day). I had given up coffee for Lent once before during my senior year of high school, but it was definitely harder this last time around.
However, I am happy to say that Iâ€™m not as addicted to coffee as I was this time last year. I drink coffee maybe once a week, and on occasion I have had it two days in a row.
Now, I know youâ€™re all waiting with baited breath with what Iâ€™m going to give up this year! Originally, I wasnâ€™t planning on giving anything up, in exchange of doing service. Then on Sunday it hit me, MEAT. I love meat. My favorite food is a hamburger and I know I could probably live off of McDonalds chicken nuggets, in N out, Chick Fil A chicken biscuits, and Raising Canes and be totally fine. (To find out my favorite hamburgers click the link HERE!) It wouldnâ€™t be exactly healthy, but Iâ€™d be content. Giving up coffee was a walk in the park compared to my recent decision. I have been known to make impulsive decisions in the past, but this is different. The more I think about it, the better (and harder) it sounds. Finding out how my body does without meat will be interesting.
That being said, I donâ€™t plan on becoming a vegetarian after this. I will always be a meat eater; Iâ€™m just taking some time off.
At this time, I would like to apologize to my family. Last year, I complained everyday that I couldnâ€™t have coffee. This year will be no different, maybe even worse. I am now forcing myself to eat seafood, which I donâ€™t particularly like. But Lent is all about sacrifice and I am willing to (at my very best) attempt to not eat meat for 46 days. Since eggs also are poultry, I will not be eating that either. Like life, some days will be harder than others. Despite that, I am hopeful that I will get through it, taking one day at a time. Â So excited for this journey.
Happy Mardi Gras!