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.
Today was created by Brian and Michael McCormack in an effort to show how much better the world could be if we all just stopped and said hello to each other. It was 1973 and war was raging between Egypt and Israel and the idea was “greet ten people for peace”.
I think, for what it’s worth, that saying hello to everyone you see is a great idea. It certainly doesn’t cost you much and who knows what you might find out about someone else, and yourself, by simply saying hello.
I watch most people walk around with their heads down, refusing to look up and make eye contact with another person. Maybe it’s because they said hello to someone, or looked someone int the eye and something went wrong. Or maybe we are afraid they might want something from us.
Take the handshake. It came out of ancient days when a friendship was forged with an enemy, or possible enemy. One would extend their hand showing they had no weapon in it, the other would do the same. Far too often today the handshake begins the problems. We look at the person we are shaking hands with as someone who should give their all for our cause… not just to show they aren’t going to try and kill us. Maybe we are looking for too much.
I wonder how many simple “hellos” might lead us to something more if we just tried. After all, every friend you have today started with a… “hello”.
How to celebrate – Say hello to at least ten people today. (Better strangers than friends you have already) Say hello to someone you haven’t talked to in years. Learn “hello” in several languages and great people with their native language.
Oh boy, here’s one of my favorite days of the year! (Not really) It’s Punk For A Day Day! Fortunately we do not have to honor Punks, we just need to pretend we are one for the day. We can dress up, put on fake tattoos and act like we hate everybody… but just for the day.
You have lots of choices, Punk Doctor, Punk Model, Punk Chef… of course the most natural is a Punk Rocker. And… the upside of the day… you don’t really need any talent to do it! The idea is to show your anger at society and bash a lot of stuff around you. The bashing part is probably the most important part.
Of course looking different is a key… however all the punk people look the same so I am not sure that proves anything. There definitely is a statement being made. The piercings alone tell us a lot. I am not sure what that statement is, nor am I sure I want to know what it is. Perhaps it’s simply, “it’s the only way anyone will ever see me”.
Of course where ever we have punks we have those who want to rid the world of punks. I believe everyone has the right to make a statement, so long as it doesn’t stop anyone else choice of choosing for themselves. Punks are generally thought of as thugs and bangers… so be careful of the company you keep.
It is generally believed that Punk started in the UK. Sort of ironic in a society that professes calm and consideration. Maybe that’s why Steam Punk is so big today… it’s showing your displeasure for society while looking like you might be a vampire from the mid-1800’s!
How to celebrate – Go Punk for the day. Remember to use the fake tattoos or you may regret them later on. It makes no sense piercing something that no one sees… it doesn’t make much more sense piercing something that can be seen.