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I'm not giving up cakes, chocolate or booze, so what should I drop for Lent?


Woman browsing social media

Woman browsing social media

Woman browsing social media

"What are ya giving up for Lent"? Remember being asked that question in school?

You'd answer: "Sweets...cakes and biscuits...chocolate...fizzy drinks".

Others would give more creative answers: ketchup, watching TV, tea and sugar, getting the bus to school.

You'd have 40 days of abstinence and then on Easter Sunday, you'd eat/drink/consume yourself stupid.

I can vividly see the big glass jar into which I would put all the sweets and chocolate that came my way. I would take it out each evening and torture myself.

To be honest, I wasn't the best 'Lent kid' going. If I was feeling a little low, or even a little peckish, I would tip-toe upstairs and quietly open a bar.

This in itself was quite a feat - do you know how loud chocolate wrappers are when you're unwrapping them instead of saying your prayers?


Anyway, it's been years since I have fasted (with anything apart from alcohol). I wonder what would be the most challenging things I could give up for Lent as an adult in 2015?

Well, social media is one thing that I could do without for a while. In fact, my iPhone apps could all be deleted.

I could certainly give up television for a while. I spend a huge amount of time each evening with the box on and it would do me no harm to open a book or two.

Of course, there's the flip side of things. Instead of giving up, I could actually do something.

Exercise, go to the theatre, join a choir, take up a language.

Lent is probably the perfect time to make some changes in one's life.

But unfortunately I don't have any connection to this religious period, so I will just have to continue leading my very sinful existence...without any fasting!