Some folks react strongly to hearing that I am giving up alcohol for Lent.
Some reactions are oddly extreme, as though I am choosing to do self-flagellation or something. I've read a lot of people who encounter that reaction too.
More surprising are those who respond that Lent isn't a health challenge and that they are "taking on, rather than giving up." (This isn't really a health challenge for me, but in these cases I don't quite get the chance to clarify that).