CHRISTINA — DAY 39: An outlet for humor

Lenten Facebook Fast

curtain-165488_1920One Facebook status that we can all agree is socially acceptable is the humorous status. Who could dislike a truly funny status? Since I’ve given up Facebook, I miss both posting and reading funny statuses. The number of “likes” is like a virtual applause that can be a boost to the day.

In giving up Facebook, I’ve been challenging myself to seek out alternatives to what Facebook usually gives me. If I can no longer post funny statuses, or read them, where else can I go for humor?

Last week, I challenged myself and for the first time, entered in our school’s Talent Show with a stand-up comedy routine. As I said, I had never done this before, and it was sort of a last-minute decision, in fact. In the fall, I had directed the Comedy Show and submitted a skit, but stand-up was all-new territory.

And, guess what? It was a success! In fact, I got second place in the show! I was surprised and happy. I had been saving up some pretty decent would-have-been Facebook statuses these past weeks. I was able to give them a stage.

What’s more, I got to see three other stand-ups from my school, including one good friend. All in all, I got my fill of humor and also got to be humorous. Just one more reason why giving up things in Lent can bring us to new places!

Christina Gebel

Christina Gebel is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and theology from Saint Louis University, as well as a master's degree in public health from Boston University. After college, she spent two years as a full-time volunteer with Amate House in Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys writing, photography, and serving as a doula and Lamaze childbirth educator. She currently resides in Boston, working in the field of public health. Christina's area of interest is maternal and child health, as well as combining faith with health.