6 Surprisingly Difficult Things The Maltese Should Give Up For Lent
Cutting out chocolate is a diet, not a sacrifice
With a 40-day fasting period starting as of today, many Maltese people will cut something they love out of their life as part of a Lenten sacrifice. But rather than doing something that's convenient for you, why not make your sacrifice a beneficial one for Malta too?
1. Stop throwing your cigarettes butts on the floor
It looks terrible, and is bad for the environment. Make the effort to walk that impossibly distant one meter to the dustbin.
2. Stop politicizing everything
Not everything is a grand conspiracy theory to tear down the government, or to plunge the Maltese population into never-ending suffering. Sometimes, things just are and we need to take the rage down a notch.
3. Give up the gossip
For the next 40 days, when you meet someone you haven't seen in a while, don't start with "smajt x'għamel Joe...?" and instead try a simple "Kif int?". It'll work wonders for your mental health, and make the island a little less bitchy.
4. Force yourself to recycle
We get it, there's a lot of extra effort involved, and therein lies the sacrifice.
5. Stop parking anywhere that's convenient
From double parking for an 'qadja ta' malajr' to taking a spot reserved for people with a disability 'għax il-warden ma jgħaddix minn hawn'. It's time to stop. One month, parking in designated boxes - can't be that hard.
6. Stop avoiding your relatives
They may not be the most fun to hang out with, but they are family. Stop dodging calls or cancelling family meetings last minute. With a little bit of effort you'll definitely find something to bond about, even if it is just cute memories of your childhood.