Lent is coming to an end – finally. 22nd of April, Good Friday will be the last day with restrictions, after that the world of pleasures will open its doors for me again.
In fact, in the end I will have done even 47 days instead of 40 days, which is because I’ve included the Sundays as well. I am not quite sure if you just don’t count them usually or if you are even allowed to break lent on these days. Maybe it is better not to know.
Anyway as a summary I can say it was a huge success in terms of will power. I refrained from the most temptations without doubts or hesitations, although sometimes more or less secretly I begged for a nice meal or a cold glass of beer. But I remained cool and stuck to the boring allowance of lent which mainly contained of fruits, shitloads of fruits this year. Apples, Bananas and Feijoas in particular. Strangely enough I can still stand them, is there anything wrong with me?
However, I am really looking forward to the upcoming end next Saturday although it is more than likely that I won’t be able to fully appreciate it, since I will be hiking and somewhere all alone in the solitude of the southern alps. But maybe I am willing to carry some beer with me to salute the summit of Mount Whatever.
Apart from losing approximately 3 kg of body weight, the biggest insight of this years lent was the digital abandonment of Facebook and just Facebook, well and an unintended stop in using a cell phone, since mine finally broke down and stopped working.
But the Facebook part was just stunning. I didn’t miss it at all, in face I feel much better that I am not forced anymore to waste my time being trapped in the illusion of participating in everybody else’s life.
However I am missing the possibilities of communicating with certain people, but unlike other people I can’t just use some parts of Facebook whilst ignoring other parts. If I participate, then in its full extend, and hey it is a lot of fun after all. But it is also so time consuming and addictive, that I became seriously afraid of returning. Can you see the trade-off?
In fact, I haven’t decided yet, what I will do with Facebook in the future. Rejoin or Reject? Maybe the southern mountains will have an answer for me.