Dareen Elias

During the religious holy days of Lent, Christians fast, sacrifice life pleasures or commit to strengthening weaknesses for 40 days and 40 nights before Easter.

Sacrificing favorite foods, hobbies and passions is not as easy as one may think.

“When I sacrifice something in my life, I feel a sense of emptiness,” Stevenson sophomore Kaitlin Esquivel said. “I gave up social media for 40 days, and it was the hardest 40 days of my life.”

Often people sacrifice something to get a life reboot.

“I sacrificed social media because it was taking up most of my time,” Stevenson senior Omtha Razoky said. “It felt like I got a reset in my life when I gave up social media for 40 days.”

Sometimes, the sacrifice is well intended but, temptation wins.

“I tried sacrificing junk food for a month to be healthier, but I ended up eating fast food without realizing it,” Ford sophomore Tania Vasques said. “When I realized that I ate junk food, I felt angry with myself that I could not sacrifice something for a period of time.”

The meaning of giving up something for 40 days and 40 nights has a different meaning behind it depending on who the person is.

“Sacrificing something precious sometimes is part of life,” Stevenson algebra teacher Katrina Dedvukaj said. “To me, it means that we have new opportunities to create meaning elsewhere.”