WRITTEN BY: DARIA SZEPKOUSKI | STAFF WRITER
Lent is a time to reflect, but specifically a time to acknowledge what was done on the cross many years ago. In this time, people have been known to follow is Christ’s footsteps of fasting or giving up things they typically would enjoy for 40 days.
As we approach upon the time of Lent this year, many people are stumped about what to give up. If that happens to be you, here are a few things you should NOT give up for 40 days.
While we live by the beach and everyone wants to keep their toes sandy for as long as possible, keep your shoes on. Yes, Jesus walked miles and miles without shoes, but you will not be able to walk one step into the cafeteria with- out those Tevas, Burks or Nikes. That, and your socks probably smell.
We all know that coffee dates are important here, but please keep consuming water. Your body needs water to survive and nobody wants to see you faint from dehydration.
Basic hygiene is important. Again, I know that in Jesus’ time they didn’t have those five star showers like the Young dorm does, but that is not an excuse. Your entire classroom would appreciate if you continue to clean yourself over the course of these next 40 days.
- Your endless pursuit of love
For all those hopeless romantics out there, these 40 days are not the time to give up! After all, we do have six more weeks until spring and we all know what that means.
Now is too soon to quit those New Year’s Resolutions you keep telling people you’ve kept up on. Keep running the beautiful cliffs, keep hitting the gym and the “brotien” shakes. Your future ring-by-spring will appreciate this.
Although you want to become a recluse, run into the mountains and give up on the “conventional life” forever, just don’t. Your friends will miss you. They’ve had your back this far, so don’t leave them hanging for 40 days.
The floor is not as comfortable as it may seem. And “just hanging” in your hammock for 40 days will not please public safety. Keep sleeping in your bed. Plus, you wouldn’t want to let your mother know that you let those twin-XL sheets go to waste.
If this process of elimination did not get you any closer to narrowing down what to give up for Lent, try giving up Googling yourself, selfies, plastic utensils or burrito runs. May these 40 days of Lent treat you well.