October 29th Hermit Day

If you are tired of functioning in polite society maybe it’s time you give being a hermit a try. It’s actually pretty easy to do. Find a remote spot no one else knows about, don’t interact with anyone, don’t go to shop (Live off the land), don’t go to movies or the theater. Lose the internet, drop your phone into a canyon somewhere, don’t spend or earn money…. this is the life of a hermit. Now I know, there are times where this sounds like a really good idea but most of us cannot live that way, even more of us don’t want to live that way… but maybe for one day it’s not so bad. And today is the day. There have been a lot of hermits over time, most we have never heard of, primarily because they don’t want us to hear them! They think great thoughts, maybe even come up with the salvation of mankind… who knows? They never told us. (Or maybe we never heard them if they did tell us) If we all were hermits there would be no wars, no climate change, no politics… no love, no family and probably the earth would have died off centuries ago.

How to celebrate – List all the famous hermits you know. (This does not include the Herman Hermits) Get away from everyone and everything just for today. Learn to enjoy life as you live it.

October 29th National Hermit Day

National Hermit Day October 29th

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The only thing a hermit really wants is to be left alone. They can be found anywhere but generally like to be in the woods or on a mountain top where they are difficult to find. The “Eremith” (Hermit in Latin) means “Of the dessert”.

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So I am guessing that the original hermits lived in the desert. It is believed the day comes from St. Colman who died in Ireland in 623 A.D.. Colman spent his last seven years in the Burren Forest.

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How to celebrate – See if you can find a hermit in your neighborhood. Become a hermit yourself, at least for the day. Build your own hermit shack somewhere away from the public.