Today is Fat Tuesday, aka Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, or, as it was best known in my family, Pancake Day. This is the day before Ash Wednesday, the day which signals the beginning of Lent, a time for all good sinners to give up something for 40 days.....which is then Easter!!
All You Ever Wanted to Know About Mardi Gras But Were Afraid to Ask
So, today, you are supposed to pig out like the end of the world was coming. Then, for the next 40 days, you deprive yourself of something that you truly enjoy.....booze, smokes, chocolate (no! not chocolate!), swearing, whatever.
If you think about it, it's not so bad. Let's say that you were trying to give up smoking. Lent would be a pretty good excuse to try to do that.
If you were trying to lose a few pounds, maybe you give up your regular dinner-time dessert. Lent would be a pretty good time to try to do that.
I try to do this every year, although I don't have a lot of vices, so it gets interesting trying to find something to give up. One year it was chocolate. Thought I was going to die. So the following year I decided to clarify the type of chocolate that I was giving up (white vs dark vs milk)....these little justifications make a difference ya know!
So, what am I giving up this year? I don't drink. I don't smoke. I love chocolate, so I won't be giving that up for sure.