Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez

Happy Mardi Gras!

Can you believe it's nearly the end of February in 2012 already? If some reports are correct, we only have 10 more months before the end of the world...Are you doing anything differently? I'm not. I, for one, don't believe the world will end in December, and if it does, there's not much we can do to stop it anyway. Even if I was absolutely sure it was going to end, I can't do what I'd love to do anyway - I have no money! If the world ends in December, I'd love to travel for the next ten months, but without a full time job it's kind of hard to pay for that sort of extravagance. On what's in my bank account, I'd probably only make it a week...

Any fellow Catholics out there? Do you give up anything for Lent? I plan on giving up coffee. I'm not sure how difficult it will be. I know this sounds incredible, but I can actually go a day or two without coffee. But 40 days? That may be tough. Though in my family, I was brought up to believe that on Sundays, you get a reprieve. You can give up your item Monday-Saturday, but then on Sunday you can have it all you want. My best friend thinks that's nuts - that if you're going to give something up, you should give it up for the entire season of Lent. Your opinion? One year I gave up chocolate, and it was all I could do to make it to Sunday, much less Easter.

Today is Mardi Gras...the day of feasting before the season of fasting. Laissez les bon temps roulez! For you non-French speakers out there, that means "Let the good times roll!" In other words, party hardy before you can't anymore. Very similar to thoughts about the end of the world -- have a good time while you can! Lent is thought of as a season of sacrifice, not only in a religious way, but also in a way to make yourself a better person. Can you live simply enough to be more modest and more humble? Do you really need all of those material (or emotional) items to live life to the fullest? What exactly does "living life to the fullest" mean to you?

Of course, if the world does end in December, you may be asking, why bother sacrificing anything for 40 days? Isn't that a waste of time? We should be using as many days as possible to live it up before it's all over! Again, it's all a matter of opinion. You could use these next 40 days to do something self-fulfilling, or you could use them just as any other 40 days out of the year. It's completely up to you.

This is a weird post, I know. Kind of all over the place, especially since I don't believe the world is going to end in December. I was going to write a post on what it may be like to give up coffee until Easter, but then it turned into a doom and gloom post about the end of the world! I don't know where my brain went. Maybe all this coffee I'm sucking down before I have to give it up for 40 days is messing with my head....

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