From what do I fast (and fail at) this Lent

I can never understand what is our obsession with making promises to ourselves that we know we are never going to keep. New year resolutions, birthday promises and Lenten fasts. Most of us are amazingly weak-willed creatures who give up before the start.

Lent is the period between Ash Wednesday (which is today) to Easter Sunday. I think it’s supposed to be 40 days excluding Sundays. Being Christian, the masses expect that I will be giving up something that is dear to me in hopes that I will become a better person.

My friend Stef usually gives up meat, the most common among the fasting options. And surprisingly enough, he usually goes through the entire period with a steel determination and stellar will-power. What happens in the succeeding weeks is a completely different story. I have never seen someone gorge themselves as if to make up for years of abstinence as he does. So I ask, what’s the point??

My sister is making her attempt yet again at fasting from meat; last year she made exactly one week. I bet her a large Wendy’s pulled pork burger combo for lasting two weeks this year.

The cannibal in me knows better than to make such unrealistic promises to myself. I would rather starve than go 2 meals without animal flesh on my plate! (I would love for you to think that that was an exaggerated joke but as I am making an attempt at not lying to myself…)

In the spirit of the season, I long to join the multitudes in making a ridiculous promise to myself, but why not set a slightly more attainable goal and one which could actually be of benefit in my life. If I must conform in giving up something in the hopes of becoming a better person, why not give up something that will actually make me a better person??

So my enemy for the month…. SODA!

I hereby vow to abstain from all forms of carbonated goodness and alcohol!! for the duration of this Lenten season 2015.

There will be no more Cokes and heavenly ginger ales. This month the vending machine at work will not run out of Mountain Dews and may receive some sales of juice. And maybe I’ll reach that target of water that the hidden healthy version of me has been fighting so hard to attain. My plan for my friends and those after-work drinks have yet to be figured out.

All you fasters out there, what will you give up this Lent? And how long do you think I will last? I’m taking bets 🙂


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