15 Extreme Things to Give Up This Lent

Lent is here and you know what that means: the classic forfeit of chocolate, the avoidance of french fries and the (unpromising) theory of exercising more often.

Chalk it up to one word? Boring!

Instead of the old, dull suggestions of the past, why not try some innovative ideas that call for real sacrifice? Here are some of our proposals:

1. Give up peeling bananas.

Sound hard to you? Exactly. How are you going to open it? A friend? A knife? Are you going to avoid bananas the entire Lenten season? Let us know.

2. Give up smiling awkwardly at people you sort-of know when you walk past them.

I know it’s hard, but that’s the point of Lent. Keep a straight face, avoid eye contact or run away! Whatever is easiest, really.

3. Give up opening your mouth when you laugh.

      Chuckle softly, or not at all!

4. Give up wearing socks.

Whether you opt for sandals or challenge yourself with sneakers, this will definitely keep you on your toes. (Get it?!)

5. Give up eye contact altogether. 

      Shyly bat your lashes toward the ground to let people know you’re avoiding eye contact. They should catch on pretty quickly!

6. Give up all candy flavors except for grape. 

    Relish in the incredibly medicine-like taste of grape, a feeling you won’t know you can stand until you are forced to.

7. Give up sleep between the hours of 3:15a.m. and 4:45a.m.

    Set an alarm and keep your body constantly alert to change!

8. Give up contacts, glasses or any other aids to your vision. 

    Whether you’re mildly impaired or actually blind, this is a challenge to not only you but the people around you!

9. Give up the use of your hands. 

      Pick up items with the strength of your toes if you have dropped something. Otherwise, kindly ask an acquaintance to do literally everything for you!

10. Give up Piano Bar. 

      Hmm…too soon?

11. Give up stopping for pedestrians.

      Got a car? Make a point! Though dangerous, this Lenten promise will really challenge you!

12. Give up the letter “E.”

    Paprs, -mails, and prtty much any tchnological communication may b slightly mor difficult, but if you put your mind to it, you can do anything!

13. Give up the temperatures between 70 and 78 degrees. 

    Often the comfortable temperatures for a generally cold person, give up familiarity and either shiver or sweat yourself to sleep!

14. Give up opening doors.

    Trying to get out of your classroom? Let someone else help you out. Trying to get into a car? Just let that Uber driver know you need his assistance. How about a way out of your dorm room? Kick it down like Jack Bauer or loudly cry until a concerned neighbor comes to your aid.

15. Give up turning left. 

Live on the wild side and avoiding turning left at all costs. It’ll hurt your brain and annoy your friends, but it’s sure to keep you occupied during Lent!

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Weird Things People Give Up For Lent


This year it feels like Lent kind of snuck up on us. (For you heathens, click here to learn about Lent.) It is standard for Christians to try to abstain from something during the 40 days preceding Easter Sunday in hopes of strengthening their faiths. To get you guys some inspiration, 4E asked Hoyas from all around campus what they are giving up this year. Here are a few responses:

Referring to myself as a lady-killa

“I know that every time I see a woman, she is immediately drawn to me. I think that for the next 40 days, I don’t have to proclaim my proclivity for seduction and instead can let my actions speak for themselves.”

Feeding my dog

“My dog seems to be happy and enjoying life. I think he should suffer through this Lenten season by fasting alongside me.”

Spitting in people’s drinks at UG

“In my six weeks of being a barista, my customers still don’t know that underneath the whipped cream they’re getting an extra shot of something.”

My passion for God

“I’ve been spending over an hour a week attending church services, and I think now is the perfect time to start cutting back.”

Keeping my friends’ secrets

“I think the religion is all about honesty, so I’m just going to start telling everyone everything.”

Complimenting people

“Half the time I don’t even mean it, so why waste my breath.”

Bringing my hamster to class

“He bit someone a few days ago…I have to put him down next week anyway.”

Stealing extra food from Grab and Go

“I decided that half of a cold sandwich and a rotten banana really is worth $14, so I’m done trying to ‘fix’ the system.”

Lent just started on Wednesday so there is still time if you want to take one of these phenomenal ideas, or you can pick your own!

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