I'm not giving up cakes, chocolate or booze, so what should I drop for Lent?
"What are ya giving up for Lent"? Remember being asked that question in school?
You'd answer: "Sweets...cakes and biscuits...chocolate...fizzy drinks".
Others would give more creative answers: ketchup, watching TV, tea and sugar, getting the bus to school.
You'd have 40 days of abstinence and then on Easter Sunday, you'd eat/drink/consume yourself stupid.
I can vividly see the big glass jar into which I would put all the sweets and chocolate that came my way. I would take it out each evening and torture myself.
To be honest, I wasn't the best 'Lent kid' going. If I was feeling a little low, or even a little peckish, I would tip-toe upstairs and quietly open a bar.
This in itself was quite a feat - do you know how loud chocolate wrappers are when you're unwrapping them instead of saying your prayers?
Anyway, it's been years since I have fasted (with anything apart from alcohol). I wonder what would be the most challenging things I could give up for Lent as an adult in 2015?
Well, social media is one thing that I could do without for a while. In fact, my iPhone apps could all be deleted.
I could certainly give up television for a while. I spend a huge amount of time each evening with the box on and it would do me no harm to open a book or two.
Of course, there's the flip side of things. Instead of giving up, I could actually do something.
Exercise, go to the theatre, join a choir, take up a language.
Lent is probably the perfect time to make some changes in one's life.
But unfortunately I don't have any connection to this religious period, so I will just have to continue leading my very sinful existence...without any fasting!