Participating in Lent

By Sydney Faison
On April 19, 2019

I decided to participate in Lent this year for the first time. I made this decision to see if I could make progress as a person mentally, emotionally and physically.
For Lent, I decided to give up ramen, fast food, candy and negative thoughts.
I used to eat ramen almost every day and I started relying on it heavily as a meal.
Fast food always makes me feel weak or regretful after eating it, so I wanted to make a change.
Instead of fast food, I enjoy home-cooked meals or meals from different places on campus.
Sometimes I would buy so much candy that I would get a sugar rush and be very hyper, then feel dehydrated. I made the decision to cut candy out so I could focus on staying hydrated.
Instead of candy, I eat fruit so, that way, there is still some sugar intake for me to enjoy.
I gave up negative thoughts so I could have a healthier mindset.
I also decided to write a letter of gratitude to four individuals who have impacted my life in a positive way. I think it is important to give thanks on other occasions besides holidays or favors.
I encourage people to give up something they know is bad for them and replace it with something good to see how they improve as a person. 
Once I see my progress, I will make the decision to cut these things out for the rest of my life, if I can.


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