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 🙂

In the spirit of togetherness

Trinidad Carnival, Queens Park Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

Where I come from Christmas is not the most popular holiday (although it’s definitely my favourite! Hello! Christmas trees and hot cocoa and presents??). We don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving. Our ethnicity is predominately Hindus, Muslims and Christians, in that order. And that being said, Divali and Eid does not begin to compare to the holiday being celebrated today.

This week we celebrate CARNIVAL!!!

In Trinidad, Carnival is what we live for; it’s what most people go through the entire year waiting for. We live from Carnival to Carnival. Whoever does not know about Trinidad Carnival should stop reading this post right now and go look it up! Festivities start immediately after Christmas and continue for the months leading up to Carnival. There are fetes every weekend and the buildup to Monday and Tuesday. And trust me, we Trinis love a good fete.

After the Carnival season, we go through Carnival tabanca until the next year, playing soca and reminiscing. For those of you who don’t know, today is Carnival Monday and tomorrow is Carnival Tuesday, which are the highlights of the season. The road is what we wait for. We need to hit the road on this glorious Monday! The picture above is what today’s all about. And let me put this out right now! My vote for Road March is Kes!

The thing with Trinidad is that even though we are a multi-ethnic society with a rich culture, the racism is ridiculous. It’s beyond my understanding why we are so ready to spread hate to our fellow Trini brothers and sisters because they do not share the same skin colour as us, they do not share the same views as us or the other non-excuse excuses we come up with. However, this all changes during Carnival. During Carnival, all issues are forgotten, the only issue being which band do we play mas with and which fete do we go to. Who we take a drink with or a dance with is inconsequential. As long as there is bumper there will be wine! We party as one and we feel what unity is.

From Ash Wednesday its back to life as usual.

Small Island Girl With Big Dreams

“She was like a drowning person, flailing, reaching for anything that might save her. Her life was an urgent, desperate struggle to justify her life.”

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

Growing up on a small Caribbean island can be hard, especially with the mass broadcast of pop culture available on the media today. Having this exposure could be both a blessing and curse for the impressionable youth in such a society. Needless to say, I felt like I had been one of those impressionable youths. This is my story… Continue reading Small Island Girl With Big Dreams