I was raised Catholic, but I don't participate in organized religion anymore. To be 100% honest, I think the Catholic faith is somewhat of a cult, and can't get on board with praying to statues. Sorry if that offends anyone reading this - you do you!
That being said, I don't deny that God exists... but if I had to classify myself as anything, I'd probably go with Agnostic - e.g. I don't confirm or deny that God exists (or doesn't exist). I'm positive that 12 years of Catholic schooling, and being forced to attend mass/prayer service weekly, is what lead to my current belief system (or "lack of a belief" system).
So if I'm a self-declared Agnostic, why bother participating in Lent? Well, because it's an opportunity to prove to myself that I can do something consistently for 40 days!
What I'm Giving Up For Lent
This year, I'll be giving up alcohol for 6 weeks, with the exception of March 21st. 😂 Of course, if I make it that far, I may not even want to drink on that date – usually that's what happens when I set goals like this... I get into an OCD mindset of wanting a perfect 'month' and then talk myself out of having anything that will prevent me from reaching my goal. We'll see how far I get. I've set this goal before, and I think the longest I've made it is 16 or 17 days.
I genuinely feel 1,000x better when I don't drink. I manage stress better, sleep better... don't have any hangovers I usually regret. The only real downside to NOT drinking is that when we hang out with friends that are drinking, I'm usually classified as "lame" or "no fun" because I'm not as loud or talkative.
I think these next 40 days will be a good time to re-learn how to hangout with friends and not need alcohol to have a good time.
Apart from probably feeling better, and likely losing weight (I always do when I cut back on drinking)... if I survive this, I'm treating myself to a mani/pedi - which I rarely indulge in!
Wish me luck! This will certainly be challenge – especially with 3 kids!