According to the calendar, we are all supposed to make hats today. If you keep it simple, it’s easy enough to do, the more complicated it gets the longer it will take. There is something in that I see mimicking life a lot.
When we are young we wear several hats. A child and a son or daughter. It does not take a lot of effort on our part to achieve either end. We blunder our way through the day either doing childish things or things may mirror our parents. It is a learning experience as we decide what we will do when we get older.
As we age, we become husbands and wives, employees and employers, a parent and still a son or daughter but with far different requirements,soul mates and enemies… it is where life takes a turn and we become busier and some of the hats we wear are difficult. They take longer to complete and change a great deal from day to day. Some are very serious, like being a surgeon or mentor, others less so like a clown or a hobo. But even the lesser hats we wear are more complicated and difficult than when we were children.
Some hats identify who we are and what we do. A helmet for a soldier is still a hat but it is a lot more dangerous than a helmet for a football player. (Though football can still be dangerous) The point is, we wear many, many hats and the idea of being able to make our own today lets us step out of our comfort zone, either to be more serious or more fun.
So make your own hat today and wear it proudly. It doesn’t matter what its made out of, it only matters how we wear it.
How to celebrate – Make your own hat today. Make hats for your friends that fit what you see in them. Start a hat collection.
Don’t like your name? Well, today is the day to change it to whatever you want. I have a few suggestions below but remember, when you change your name you will need to let everyone know you have changed it. Yes, even Uncle Harvey. The government would also probably like to know of this change. I mean, Billy the Kid wasn’t really Billy the Kid, he was actually William Henry McCarty. Mata Hari was really Margaretha Geertruida Zelle. Can’t blame her for the change… who would want to write that out everyday! So go ahead and take a chance. Change it to something neither you, nor anyone else, will forget.
Charley McCarthy had a side kick known as Mortimer Snerd. That’s a great name to assume. I don’t think he would sue you, after all he’s really a dummy. Older people will remember him and it give you a leg up (Get it, dummy sits on the leg) in your career.
Or how about Lois Lane? I mean, who wouldn’t want to be Superman’s girlfriend!?! And she and Mortimer had a lot in common. After all, when Superman put his glasses on and became Clark Kent, she couldn’t tell they were the same person! Maybe she is the one who needed the glasses.
And then there is Beau Brummell, a real enough character but so long ago I doubt many will remember who he was. A soldier, woman’s man, and gentleman of his era. That name just sort of rolls off the tongue as well and yet it is very powerful. Just having the name makes you dashing and daring!
And my final offering is Betty Boop. What a great name! It doesn’t exactly spell a Rhodes Scholar but she was a lot smarter than anyone ever gave her credit for. The name just spells out fun and cute.
How to celebrate – Pick out a fun name for yourself and enjoy the change. Remember the name you pick out so when someone is talking to you you will remember who you are! Make sure you use names that people can pronounce. There is nothing worse than having a name placed in front of you that you can’t say, spell or understand.