Every year since I was in high school, I've given up something for Lent. I'm not Catholic and neither is my family. But I feel that the importance of giving up something that is either bad for you or you're over-dependent on is a great way to test your mettle. The advent of Lent is just a backdrop to go by, because we could all just say, oh this month I'll give up X, but to know that there are many others around us doing the same thing is comforting.
Even if you don't have any bad habits that you'd like to get rid of, Lent can be a great way of seeing what it's like to go without. Give up your car and see how others have to get around. Give up eating out and see how creative you can be in the kitchen. Give up television and see how much more time you'll have.
Lent starts tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, February 25th, and lasts until April 11th. If you are spiritual, participating in Lent can give you more time to meditate and consider what your true needs are versus your wants. Giving up something you previously considered important or a daily activity will bend your perception of your life.
This year I've decided I'm giving up meat. I don't eat a lot of meat already, but I've been feeling more conscious of the affect on the environment and I'd like to stand against the unethical treatment most stock animals experience.
Are you participating in Lent? What are you letting go of?