This year, I’ll give up chocolate

Lent. It’s the time of the year, where all the Catholic’s give up on certain things they just eat/drink/do too much and they want to stay away from for six weeks preceding Easter to commemorate Christ’s fasting in the wilderness.

I, for my part, did give up sweet things for Lent this year. And a lot of times I get asked: Why? I do believe in God, and I do it partly because of this believe but this is not what I want to talk about today because I think religion is everyone’s own choice and if you don’t want to believe in God or anything at all, that’s fine by me. But I also do it, and this is what I want to talk about, because I believe that staying abstinent from something for a while makes us appreciate things more.

We live in a time and a place where we have access to everything all the time. We can order things online 24/7, we can be in touch with friends all day long no matter where they are and we can get every type of food within a walking or calling distance. And in times like these we kind of forget what it means. What it means to have that access and what it means to be that privileged.

And even though Lent is something Christian and it might be something not a lot of you believe in and the original thought behind it might not be to appreciate things more after those six weeks, I still think it can be projected to our time nowadays and it may even should be.

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Cupcakes via m01229 (flickr)

I chose sweets for me because I realized how much of it I actually eat. And how unnecessary it really is. I also thought about giving up Social Media but with my type of work/college this is hard to do because I need to be online to keep up to date with everything that’s going on in the media. But think about it. What are you doing on a daily basis that you might not need? Or that might be best to give up?
Maybe it is that the first thing you do in the morning is look at your phone. Or that you need a piece of chocolate after every meal. Or it is the cigarette with your coffee in the morning. It might also be something completely different that is very individual to you. But think about it and maybe just jump on the Lent wagon this year for the next 6 weeks and give that thing up. And after all in the end, you will definitely feel better and proud of yourself that you made it through. And it is a damn good feeling! Not only if you are Christian…

Chocolate picture via Luisa Contreras (flickr)

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