If you think about it, the whole idea of a Leap Day is ridiculous. We've been to the moon, we've cracked an atom, we've traveled through time (okay, we've thought about traveling through time, preferably in a police box) -- we should be able to design a calendar that has the same number of days every single year. Use daylight savings, etc. to add an hour of sleep to six days a year, for God's sake. I want that 6 hours!
But that's not the system we have. Which stinks if you're born on February 29th and care, like Dinah Shore or Ja Rule.
Ja Rule rues the day he was born.
(Ja Rule? Okay, I admit, I don't know who he is, either. Not that many famous people have birthdays on February 29th. It only happens once every four years, after all. The point remains.)
But for the last few leap days I've been thinking, maybe the whole thing's an invitation. An unusual day to do something unusual, something you wouldn't normally do or haven't ever done. Like, if you ever wanted to go bungee jumping or sky diving (although God knows why you would want to do that), this might be the day.
Or if you've never had a massage, this might be a good day to do it. (And baby, as long as you don't choose skinny Thai women walking all over you, which is a little bit more intense than most of us will ever want, you will not regret it.)
Seriously, it's not a pleasant experience. It's like Cirque du Soleil, but you're the trapeze.
That guy in the photo is probably dead.
Or you haven't been to a comic book store since you were 11 (that's a sad story) -- Leap Day. Or the Art Institute/Metropolitan Museum of Art/the theater -- Leap Day. Or you've wanted to volunteer and you've been saying you were going to but you just haven't really pursued it -- take a step on Leap Day.
Or you've got a book in you. Chapter One, Leap Day.
Or you've been avoiding a hard conversation. Leap Day. Come on -- what better day to take the leap?
The bottom line is, as the prophet Ferris Bueller states, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
Don't miss it. Don't wait for tomorrow. Leap today.
If you haven't seen Ferris Bueller's Day Off and don't know what to do today, start there.
You won't regret it.