Lent Fast 2015
WARNING: This blog post contains very explicit language. If that bothers you, kindly fu–ugh–err….click away!!!
It’s Fat Tuesday and with tomorrow comes a new season of Lent.
I have participated in Lent by fasting from something for 40 days (give or take) since 2008 when a friend put out a call for a sister in solidarity as she was embarking on a fast. While it is not a religious practice for me, it has grown to be quite a spiritual one. I’ve been largely successful in each fast, always finding a new thing to abstain from, and growing more than expected to as a result.
Get ready for #LentFast2015!!
Yes, this year I’ll continue my tradition of fasting for Lent. I’m mixing it up a bit this year, by beginning a traditional fast tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, that will continue through Easter Sunday, when I traditionally break the fast. However, in addition to that, my wife and I are teaming up this year on a 40-day spending fast that I am far more excited about than my personal one, even though we will get a delayed start on March 2. More about that later in another blog…
First the personal one. I have decided to give up something near and dear to my heart–cussing. This is a perfect personal fast for me; it’s something I have never seriously tried abstaining from before. I love to curse. I love to hear people curse. I love songs and books with curse words in them, and other art with profanity. I am a free speech advocate and I strongly believe in letting the fucks fly freely in just about any non-professional setting.
To be sure, curse words are likely to remain a permanent part of my vocabulary after Lent is over. Just like I flocked back to Facebook, my iDevices, and unfortunately, processed foods, after their respective Lent fasts ended. But also like these, I still intend to grow from taking a break from my foul-lic language, finding new ways to communicate and express thoughts with passion, humor, or whatever function the omitted swear would serve. Naturally too I will benefit from the omission of cursing where it serves no good purpose for myself or others. Horse shit! See. That’s an instance that won’t happen for the next forty days after I post this.
To be clear and totally cathartic, here is a list of words on my Lent Fast 2015 list, to be abstained from in written and spoken language through Sunday, April 5, 2015, including, but not necessarily limited to:
And any variation or combination thereof…
Some words have the derogatory emphasis because they have non-derogatory usage that is acceptable in everyday language. As always, I hold myself accountable to the spirit of Lent in determining what words are allowed or not. Vagina and clitoris yes; pussy and clit no. Penis and testicles yes, cock and balls no, but soccer balls yes. You get the drift.
Also in the spirit of Lent, I will refrain as much as possible from indulging in music, TV, books, video and other forms of media that have egregious curse words or are derogatory in nature. This will be limited to when I am alone though since I can hardly subject others to my fast or force those around me to abstain just because I am. In those instances where others are involved, I’ll just have to try my best not to sing or curse along.
I feel that good old Lent excitement building up. It’s a special tingling I get when I know I am going to personally develop myself. Over the years of sharing my fasting experiences, the reflections and conversations have grown richer and deeper, so I am posting this blog in hopes that trend will continue. Please feel free to share your thoughts, comments, questions or support with me. Or, to cuss for me, if you like. (Not really…that wouldn’t be in the spirit of Lent).
I’ll post more about the upcoming Team Elliott Spending Fast before it begins on March 2. That’s gonna be another great one, so stay tuned bitches!!
Ok, I’m really done now. Let me post this before midnight! xoxoKL