“What are you giving up for lent?”
Someone asked me this question the other day. And then yesterday when I went food shopping hobbling along in my boot, the sales person looks at me somewhat disapprovingly, then points at the chocolate in my basket and says, “I gave up chocolate for lent.”
Well, I didn’t.
I appreciate and respect people’s efforts on giving up something for lent. I just don’t do this for myself, so please stop judging me. And if you really need to know what it’s like to give up something meaningful, don’t give up chocolate or alcohol – that’s an easy choice. Give up something that’s really hard to give up. I have a friend who is giving up being constantly available online, that, I believe is much harder than giving up chocolate. Though rather nontraditional, I respect her decision.
I haven’t been able to walk (never mind run) for over 4 weeks. I haven’t given this up voluntarily, but I now understand not having what I usually take for granted. I have developed a new perspective on being a disabled person in London (it sucks big time!), but I have also learned a new appreciation for my body (I need to work on this much more).
So maybe I am not buying into the whole commercialized giving-something-up-for-lent thing, but I do think you can learn a lot by not being able to do something that you take for granted. So, if you are giving up something for lent, make it meaningful and stop looking with disapproval at anyone eating chocolate!