As you know, this is when we listen to a lovely rendition of Ave Maria (as well as something somewhat less timeless) and, in recent years, discuss what we’re giving up for Lent.
Well, I got back from the doctor’s on Monday where I was told that I had officially transitioned from “chubby” to “fat”. “Start exercising and go on a diet.” “Can I go on a ketosis diet?” “If you’ll stick with it AND STAY HYDRATED.”
So, this year, in addition to giving up purchasing video games, I will also be giving up carbs (as best I can, anyway) for Lent (and, looks like, for a few months beyond).
Of course, I only got into this position from the sheer amount of absolutely awesome carbs out there that taste good on the tongue and feel good in the belly and bathe the brain in dopamine and serotonin (my two favorite things!) and… well. In the face of indulging oneself in such things for a good long while, it’s good to do something like say “Hey. It’s time to give up on that for a time and contemplate exactly how much really awesome stuff I have surrounding me and I should do what I can to appreciate it and be present when I allow myself to enjoy it again.”
I mean, in years past, I bought video games and thought “hey, when I get time to myself, I will totally play this” and they sat on the shelf and aged and we moved from this generation of video game consoles to that one and there it sat, unopened, and that’s money that could have just as easily bought a goat for a needy family or helped a poor kid in rural Appalachia or, heck, gotten 2% interest in the bank.
I should do that less. I should be more present. As such, I’m giving up buying video games for Lent (and board games too, for that matter) and, on top of that, I’m going on a diet.
Right after taking Maribou out to the IHOP on Tuesday night for pancakes.
So… what are you giving up for Lent?
(And I need another “Oh, I remember that song!” song for the post… here’s one.)