August 23rd National Ride The Wind Day

If you think about it, man has been trying to capture the wind since… well… since the beginning of time. We use it for electricity, sailing ships, gliders, kites, and sometimes, just to enjoy those ocean breezes that both warm us and keep us cool. Over the years we have learned to use the wind, but we have never actually learned to control it. I doubt we ever will. It has a life of its own to some degree. We can channel it, move it, and increase it but it still has it’s own spirit. And I think that is good! In the end, it reminds us that we are not the end all and that somethings still control us even when we think we control them.

How to celebrate – Do some sport that involves the use of wind. Go sailing. Create your own power plant with a wind turbine.

August 23rd Ride The Wind Day

We don’t often think of the wind unless we are in a storm or a hurricane (Which actually is a storm anyway). We think of it as blowing our roof away, bending trees until they break or taking the hat off our head and sending it to someplace like China where we will never get it back.

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But the wind can be our friend too! When it is a breeze we can go fly kites with our children (Or on our own). You can feel a friendly breeze at the beach or when you ride a motorcycle. And you can forget going anywhere if there is no wind and you are sailing! You’ll just sit there like a bump on a log. (What does that really mean anyway?)

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You can para-sail, fly balloons, blow out candles on a birthday cake… you can try to capture it, dry off in it or break it. (Think about it) It helps you when you drive, if it’s behind you, you can pick up lost time if you are flying

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You can glide, free style, have a bad hair day parachute (If you are into that) pretend you are a bird.  If it wasn’t for the wind, we would never have been discovered in America, or brought here anyway. We would have probably never called Chicago the Windy City or see a cloud float by overhead.

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We owe a lot to the wind. Even those gentle summer breezes we are enjoying right now are the wind. So use it to your advantage, we are able to harness things like the wind today that they could only dream of long ago. It is just another gift given us that we can use to our benefit.

How to celebrate – Go fly a kite! Try hang-gliding. Have some broccoli and create your own wind.