So as of midnight tonight Lent is officially over. A lot of people have asked whether I’ve done it for religious reasons, but I haven’t. I’m christened and go to church at least once year - but I’m hardly a saint or regular church attendee. The main reason I did it was to prove a point and in all honesty, to see if I actually could do it, because I was doubtful.
The first week was probably the toughest, just like weaning yourself off any habit, because a habit is what it frankly boils down to. My colleagues at work were also participating in Lent, and my flatmate too - so watching each other ‘not crack’ has helped.
Have I bought anything? No. Have I missed it? Not really. It really has shown me less is more. Now I have to be more creative with my choices and appreciate what I do have. That’s not to say I’m never going to shop again because I probably will, but now I think I’ll question what I’m doing. Do I need another dress? Or does that £40 go towards visiting a friend or buying my loved ones a gift instead?
They always say if you have food on the table, a roof over your head and people who love you - you’re rich and this ‘experiment’ if you can call it, has proved that to me. I do enjoy shopping but it’s not who I am. I’m still just as happy as I was before Lent. Take away my music or my loved ones and then I wouldn’t be. I don’t need clothes, I want them. Whereas I need the people I love in my life. It’s all perspective - and that’s something money can’t buy.