Lenten sacrifice

Admittedly, I am a lapsed Catholic.  Either out of laziness or sheer lack of desire to attend church, I have not been a “practicing” Catholic for some ten years now. However, when Lent rolls around, I feel compelled to give up something. It is a test I want to take on, to see how much power I really have over myself, my desires. Each year I am faced with deciding what to give up. Back when I was far more overweight and a compulsive eater, I made it imperative to fast on Fridays. It was difficult – a true sacrifice. I felt weak and sweaty and people around me would be eating pizza and sandwiches and I had to merely stare and lust after their precious food. I have since overcome my need to eat like that so I feel that fasting on Fridays is not a sufficient sacrifice.

So then, what to give up? Some give up fast food (I already don’t eat it) and others, chocolate or TV. These are inadequate as I don’t do any of these enough to matter. I’m leaning towards giving up reading fanfiction. I know perhaps this seems silly but you must understand (and maybe you do) how addictive it can be. Say you ship (support, etc.) a certain set of characters from your favorite TV show, comic, movie… The fanfiction universe can pair them up, write out the scenes you would envision if you could. It’s a guilty pleasure, no doubt, and I think this might be my offering. I can honestly say, it’s going to be hard. I am half-way through this one that is really riveting and damn, it’s going to suck knowing it’s not available for my viewing for the next 40 days and 40 nights.

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