March is a month where people are just looking for a reason to go out and celebrate. Christmas is long gone, summer is still out of reach, and that one unexpected (and unwanted) March snow storm makes us all want to throw up in our mouths a little bit. So when opportunities arise for a party during this rather dreary month, we take it.
Take St. Patrick’s Day for example. Would this holiday be as popular if it was placed in the middle of December or July? Would “Kiss Me I’m Irish” t-shirts and green beer seem as appealing at any other time of the year? I don’t think they would.
How about Mardi Gras? During what other month would girls lifting their shirts for a plastic necklace seem appropriate?
Let’s face it. We’re bored in March and everyone is just screaming for some fun! Why else would our country declare a full week a vacation for students and teachers? I like to think they do it so we can go have some fun and shake the winter blues.
This brings me to the ultimate March challenge… Lent. Every year I try to come up with something I’m willing to sacrifice for 40 days that I can actually follow through with. People always suggest chocolate, but hello! Are they crazy?? If I didn’t have a bite or two, or three after a long day, I think I’d go nuts. Please don’t tell me to eat fruit instead, because it’s “nature’s candy.” That’s bullshit and you know it. Pop? Psh! I NEED my Diet Coke at night. I like to think of it as my little reward for getting through the school day successfully with 26 students and imparting some knowledge along the way. Alcohol? Um… yeah… that’s a joke right?
After a lot of thinking this year, I believe I’ve come up with a Lent sacrifice that is going to be a challenge, but something I’m capable of doing. I’m giving up Facebook for 40 days.
I’m not a crazy Facebook user who updates the world every time I use the bathroom and I don’t change my profile picture twice a day. But I do check it about 2-3 times a day to see what my friends are up to and lately… to find out who’s pregnant. Giving up Facebook will not be easy, but I need to remember that only 6 years ago I had no idea what Facebook was.
I’m looking forward getting some of my life back. No longer will I be subjected to people’s pregnancy progress complete with images of the fetus during week 24. I won’t need to hear people bitching about bad drivers (as if writing this information on Facebook via their Blackberry while driving makes them any better) and finally, I won’t have to read the letters FML for 40 days. For those of you who don’t know, I despise this acronym.
Sure, I’ll miss knowing what’s going on with some of my faraway friends and may even feel out of the loop when co-workers are talking about the great vacation pictures someone posted, but it’s time I push some media out of my life and get back to the way things used to be. Perhaps I’ll watch an extra movie with my hubbie on the couch at night. Maybe I’ll finish getting that box of overflowing pictures organized from two years ago. And who knows? I may even become a cage fighter. But rest assured, I will be able to do this and it is sure to make this lovely month of March all the more interesting!