Today is Fat Tuesday, which means Lent begins tomorrow. I’m not Catholic, but I am married to one, which means we all observe a lot of the Catholic traditions. Lent is one of the most important, demonstrating a solemn period before Christ is crucified and rises from the dead on Easter Sunday.
Since we started dating, I’ve followed along with the idea of giving something up for Lent. I’ve given up Facebook, meat and even coffee once. All of those have been good decisions and a test of what’s a high priority in my life. The Facebook experiment last year was a great reset on my social media use. I even deleted it from my phone and only use it from a computer, which is a great thing for my concentration.
I also gave up drinking as an experiment and liked it enough to keep it going. I haven’t had a drink in over a year! It wasn’t that I had a problem with it, but it just created enough complications to not be worth the hassle.
This year, I feel like I’ve given up and changed a lot about my life, so much so that I don’t know what else I can give up or add. I already meditate, journal, run, lift, eat vegan, and don’t drink or smoke. My only vice left might be caffeine. I have trended downwards on my caffeine intake lately, to only have 1 mug per day (instead of the usual continuous flow). I think this might be the toughest one yet.
If I give up caffeinated coffee, I will likely replace it with decaf or tea. I really enjoy hibiscus tea and found out that it’s really healthy for you, not that coffee isn’t, but the caffeine isn’t all that great.
I’m not 100% decided yet, but tomorrow is the first day of lent, so I will have to decide soon.