February 16, 2013 in Thought
Pancake Tuesday (or Shrove Tuesday) is a favourite in our household. Not sure if you know this but I live with a pancake expert (yes – before you ask – they do exist!), pancakes (apparently) are the answer to anything and everything. Anyway although I get excited about pancakes, inevitably I begin to spend a lot of time wracking my brain for something to give up for Lent (for those who don’t know it’s a Christian tradition that marks the liturgical year, 40 days of abstinence from Ash Wednesday through to Easter Sunday). I’m not particularly religious, there is just something about eating a load of pancakes to make you feel guilty into giving something up.
Every year I start out with big goals, you name it I’ve tried it: sweets (success), chocolate (fail), alcohol (fail), diet coke (success), jeans (fail)… you get the idea. However, I always fail mainly because I try to give up too much. Usually, instead of just choosing one thing I choose many. I feel that at times, one thing just isn’t enough.
And every year I ask myself – why do I do this? Is it because I have such a lack of trust in my own ability that if I have something to fall back on, I’m more likely to succeed? Or is that we try to be the best at everything and spread ourselves too thinly – so we’re jack of all trades but master of none?
Social media is the prime example of this, currently I’m on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Vine – but in the past month I’ve started to feel like I’m drowning in information overload. So… drum roll please… I’m going to give up one form of social media for lent. I can already feel the withdrawal symptoms …
So in honour of giving up on one form of social media - here is my instagram pancake:
And our pancake Vine’s:
What are you giving up for Lent?