I consider myself more or less of a "recovering Catholic", I was raised that way but not strictly and since I've gotten older I've moved away from it. However, the one part of Catholicism I REALLY enjoy is Lent. To me it's an amazing 40 days where people can't harass me about what I do and don't eat. It's like a get-out-of-eating-free card, no one ever tries to argue about what you've chosen to abstain from and I find it refreshing. I truly hope this doesn't offend anyone, i do admit I feel a little guilty for sort of picking and choosing what religious traditions I take part in and I know it's probably awful to abuse such a religious practice so I apologize in advance if I happen to offend anyone, it was not my intention.
What i was wondering is do any of you use such situations (religious or not) to your own advantage? I remember in middle school there were a lot of fundraiser type events where you took part in a 48 hour fast to raise awareness about worldwide hunger, what about these situations?
Once again, sorry to bring in religion, it just happened to get my mind turning.
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