2 years ago I gave up religion for Lent. We all know how well that went lol. Seeing how I don’t drink, smoke, have coffee, etc. finding stuff to give up is difficult. In fact I skipped it last year because I wasn’t that interested. But today as I was walking to lunch and I saw half the crowd with the cross of ashes on their foreheads I knew that I should put something together.

As I was walking back I decided on a particular thing to give up for Lent. Fear.

My goal for the next 46 days is to live without fear. When faced with a chance or an opportunity I am going to take a look at my fear, put it aside and choose to face whatever it is head on. Yes this may sound like the plot to cheesy Jim Carrey movie so no, I won’t be doing anything that puts substances in my body, have me jump from a bridge (with or without a bungee cord) or risk my life or personal standards.

Instead I plan to apply to programs I might not make without fear of rejection, discuss topics that my fear would otherwise hamstring, and put the fear of relationships aside. I plan to follow the litany against fear and will be placing it up on my bathroom mirror. (Yes Justin, this is happening)

And to those who laugh at me for quoting this litany from memory I say shame on you.

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

For lent I am giving up Fear. Just try and stop me!