As an adult we come to realize that it's not about that. Rather, I think of Lent as a time to look within and see what needs to be changed or accepted or forgiven. Sacrificially that doesn't sound like I'm making a sacrifice. But in my eyes and heart , it would be a heck of a lot easier to sacrifice the things I did in my childhood.
Lent is hard work. And I often wonder what I was thinking of when I agreed with the Spirit to do this. It's a struggle sometimes. And those 40 days can get pretty drawn out. But it's what I know the Spirit has lead me to do. 40 days from this Ash Wednesday I hope I will have been able to make the changes, to be a better person, to be grateful for the bounty of life I have been given.
What will you do?