A little while before lent, one of the other ALTs in my area was talking about what she’d give up for lent. I’ve never done lent in my life. My family are christian, but not a sect that ever really dealt with lent, and I am not really a man of the faith any longer. Despite all that I thought that this year, a year I am in Japan, would be the time to do it.
So, I did. From February 10th to March 26th I attempted “English Media lent.” One of my goals this year was to do much more in Japanese, and so this suited such goal nicely. The rules were simple
No podcasts, videos, books, comics or games in English for the 40 days.
This enabled me to cheat a little with using social media and reading some internet articles. (because giving up social media is an entirely different situation).
Needless to say I failed miserably. But I learned a good bit from the experience. Let’s go through a few things: