On Lent.

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Today is Ash Wednesday. I told my love about it yesterday and he said does that mean it’s Ashley Wednesday? I told him it meant it’s Ashley and Adam Wednesday. Ha ha.

Joking aside, I always wanted to participate in Lent. I’m not Catholic, but the idea of giving something up for 40 days is an interesting concept. When you give up something that you love or are obsessed with, then you have time to focus in on what’s important. I know it’s supposed to be about spiritual growth and getting close to Jesus and God and all that (maybe even something more in Catholicism, I don’t know), but I like the idea of giving up something in order to focus in on something else.

I’ve tried to participate in Lent in previous years, but never did succeed in completing it. I always broke down and started participating in what I was giving up. Bad, I know, but still I convinced myself that because I wasn’t Catholic, it didn’t mean as much.

It was suggested to me to try and be more giving and volunteer my time in order to grow.  This is a good idea but I’m not quite sure what to do with it.

I ended up deciding to give up Twitter and Facebook for the duration of Lent. Or at least for a little while; for as long as needed. I’ve even toyed with the idea of writing every day or focusing on reading. I just think being more creative in some way during this time can be much more helpful to me. I thought about giving up checking out library books for Lent but I’m really into a book that I checked out and want to finish it. Maybe next year for that one. I’m going to try to read some of my own books.

So…we’ll see. I’ll see how long I can go without Facebook and Twitter. In the end, it’d be a good thing. Who wants to be on social media all the time? It just gets you down.

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