By Alan

I grew up in Maryland with Bahá’i parents and sibling. My parents made the Fast appear fun by approaching it happily and making great food. I thought it was cool, and I approached it willingly. In the beginning, I kind of liked not eating during the day. I enjoyed fasting with my whole family. For me, it became more difficult every year. I would say prayers to make it through the day. It was a case of mind over matter. I kept busy to distract myself from the hunger. Taking a nap also helped the day go by faster. I learned that skipping breakfast was a horrible idea. I had to use ChapStick to avoid my lips from cracking from dehydration. Learning these things allowed me to overcome my challenges during the Fast. Everyone must learn that. It’s part of the process. It’s not supposed to be easy.

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