By Samantha Jones



Truth: I’m a born and raised Catholic. I’ve attended Catholic schools my entire life, so Lent is a season I am very familiar with. AND I always dread it.

There. I’ve said it. I have never looked forward to Lent; in fact, I always find myself wishing that the 40 day season would fly by. I’m a very optimistic person, always trying to avoid the negative aspects of life. I am upset when a movie or book doesn’t have a happy ending and it hurts me to think about what Jesus went through when he suffered and died on the cross 2,000 years ago.

I’m not alone. I’ve even spoken with other friends of mine who share the same struggle.

Yet this year, I’m going to take a different approach. After reading Justin Thirstup’s column last week, I took the time to reflect on what Lent could mean for me. Instead of just giving things up, I’m going to add positive things to my life. I am determined to see the glass half full instead of half empty. I want to remember that this season is supposed to test me, but I want to embrace it.

Now how many of us fulfill the obligation of avoiding meat on Fridays (No Burrito for us) and giving things up? Probably a vast majority of Catholics. However, we forget that this time is really an opportunity to become closer to God and embrace the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

In fact, Lent is something I suggest everyone follow. I’m not saying you should fast or pray to Jesus if you aren’t Christian, but try turning your life around with me. Cherish the little things in life, reflect, volunteer, stop judging others. The list goes on and on, but there’s no time like the present. Let’s use this Lent as a chance to improve ourselves and the world around us.