“Embrace change”. That’s what I’ve been told time and time again. If I don’t, I won’t make it very far in today’s world.
Last week I spent time assisting a new friend with some decluttering. While I was helping sort through stuff from toys to even seasonings, I was constantly faced with memories of my childhood. I smiled each time because those memories of my childhood included my mother.
As much as I try decluttering my life, 3/11 is the anniversary of my mother passing and I keep “stuff” around including old habits and practices because I enjoy being reminded of her.
Although I don’t visit regularly anymore following the death of my mom, I used to attend church every Sunday. Raised in the Catholic faith, I completed my Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation while she was alive. My mom raised us to love Christ and God. On Sundays, the television couldn’t be turned on until 6pm and on Easter Sundays, my brother and I couldn’t open our Easter baskets until we attended service. I recall one Easter Sunday losing one side of my church shoe and didn’t attend service. I wasn’t allowed to open my Easter basket until the following Sunday.
Admitting I don’t attend church regularly anymore I continue to observe the season of Lent.
Lent is observed for 40 days and begins on Ash Wednesday. It’s a time for self-reflection. It’s a time to repent and fast in preparation for the resurrection of Christ. Today on social media Lent has begun a challenge, to promote business. Lent is a religious observance, not a commercial holiday. It’s a private occasion between ourselves and God and for us to focus on God, not likes or earning money. What we choose to do during this period to observe Lent doesn’t have to be announced.
Mabey I’m the one whose buggin’ but everything seems to have become so mainstream these days to the point where I think it kills the authenticity behind the meaning of a concept. I grew up in the 90s and I find myself trying to hold on to those times. I am told I should embrace what’s becoming but at times I’m so bothered by it. Lent shouldn’t be confused with New Year Resolutions, a fad or a hashtag. Not everything has to be changed to fit today’s time.