But a few years ago, I realized I could participate too. Not for a religious reason, but because the structure is perfect to try to stop doing something not-so-good. It's timebound (40 days), has a specific beginning and end date, and a bunch of other people across the world are also giving something up at that same time.
One year I gave up Mexican food because I found myself eating repeatedly at the same amazing taqueria while on a consulting gig, and it was doing me no favors health-wise.
This year, after several days' worth of aggravation on Facebook, arguing about things I feel strongly about but in general should just keep to myself, I realized I was wasting A LOT of time there. I sit down to catch up with friends, and then look up and realize it's 4 HOURS LATER. FB is not any better for me than TV.
So it was pretty clear. I gave up Facebook for my fake Lent, and it's been easy. A relief, actually. I don't feel like I need to obsessively check it. I don't get notifications so I have no idea what's going on there. I removed the app from my phone so it doesn't tempt me or notify me.
I have extra time to craft, to cook, to read (you know, actual books), and just hang out with babyT and TJ. Not checking Facebook has also made me less obsessive about checking email, too, which is also goodness.
It goes nicely with my One Little Word this year, 'reduce'. I'm reducing the number of inputs, the number of sources I have to check and track and general stress/aggravation over political topics. It really does feel like a weight lifted off my shoulders. Hmm, I may keep this up past Easter...
What about you? Did you give up anything for Lent?