Nov. 20th Absurdity Day
Can you imagine a world where ever T was crossed and every I was doted? Where everyone wore the same clothes, spoke the same language, and ate the same foods? To me, that would be absurd. What do you consider absurd? Is it some one who dresses in strange clothes or wears their hair in different colors. I admit that is not my cup of tea either. But, they, just as I, have the right to think the way they want, dress the way they want, and to do the unexpected from time to time. Without these absurdities we would all be the same. I don’t always like them, sometimes I totally disagree with them, but we have the right to be as absurd as we want to be… when I don’t like it, I’ll just look the other way.
How to celebrate – Live and let live. Try something you’ve never done before. Make a list of things you think others might find absurd about you.
Do you know any peculiar people? Are you peculiar yourself? Some of us are and we are proud of it! I mean, what is good about living a life where you look like and act like everyone else? That’s boring. And since there are apparently so many of us it is only fitting that we have a day of our own to celebrate our… differences!
Some people use disguises, the old watermelon on the head trick is one way to show your difference. And it is fairly practical, you have a snack to munch on during the day and you are recycling at the same time.
Others strive to be like historical people who were odd. In fact, most of the people who stood out in history were… peculiar. To say Einstein, Caesar and the Ringling Brothers were not odd is to not give them credit for what they accomplished!
Some show their oddness by what they do or what hobbies they have. Collecting snails might qualify… or maybe, dancing on popcorn… or maybe, giving singing lessons to monks! Whatever it is that makes you different than everyone else be proud of it!
Just don’t take it too far. Be un-ordinary, extraordinary, unusual, strange, odd, uncommon, intriguing, different, abnormal or quirky. Just don’t step on anybody else’s chance to be themselves.
How to celebrate – Find some way to show how unique you truly are. Pick up a new hobby. Be proud of who you are.
In a world where the normal is absurd, absurdity having its own day is not as unusual as you might think. From politics to football, something meant to be so simple has become so complex that it all borders on the absolute absurd.
If you think it could never happen, you can expect it today. Those who look for the absurd find it every day. Those of us that don’t look for it often miss it. That person wearing two different colored shoes. A bird acting friendly to a cat. An airplane flying upside down.
There are laws on the books in every state that were written years ago and do not really apply today, but since they have never been removed they might still be enforced. Laws such as you can’t chew gum in public. It is illegal to keep cattle inside your living quarters. You may not drink hard liquor until after 8 in the morning.
For a while, I taught guitar to kids in a music store. Some were good, some weren’t… that is to be expected. What I did not expect was that a girl could get her hair caught on a straight guitar string. Some how it got so tangled we had to cut her hair from the string. I would never have thought it could have happened if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes.
So expect the unexpected and keep your eyes open for all the absurd things you see today.
How to celebrate – Keep a journal, or even take pictures with your phone, of all the things you see that are odd today. Do something unusual to add to Absurdity Day. Read a newspaper and see how many absurd articles you can find.
Odd people are interesting. There is a difference in being odd and being dangerous, although they do often lead to the same results, but not always. There are people out there that dance to their own tune and there is nothing wrong with that.
As long as they do not harm anyone, including themselves, they do seem to entertain us in their own way. There are numerous people who like to keep snakes as pets. I think that is very odd but then they probably find things I do as being very odd as well. There is a certain pride in the fact that we are different from someone else. If everyone was the same it would get very boring.
I am relatively sure you know someone you find “peculiar”. The actual definition of peculiar is “Odd, strange. Unusual.” At some point, that definition fits all of us. Sometimes it’s a constant condition, sometimes it’s only occasional, either way it still qualifies.Do you like to dress up on Halloween even though you are an adult? Some find that very odd. Do you like to jump out of an airplane? Some find that ridiculously odd. Some like mayonnaise on their french fries, others cannot understand why.
In fact, that’s what makes the world go round and as long as they do not force others to get involved with them, it’s also okay. I like Ranch dressing on my hamburgers. People use to look at me like I was insane but those same people eventually tried it themselves and now they like Ranch dressing on their hamburgers as well. Guess that makes they just as strange as me. In truth, many things we do today were once considered strange by some one, some where. Now they are normal, by example… tomatoes were once believed to be poisonous but then some brave soul tasted them and found they were not. They were considered strange because they tried them, today we eat them nearly as fast as they can be grown.
And in some cases, being odd can really be useful. Like the man above can also serve as his own kitchen draw, saving that space for other items.
How to celebrate – Find your own peculiar outlet. See how many people you would consider peculiar around you in a single day. Start your own peculiar club, find others who would like to join you in your own unusual talent or hobby.
Have you ever wanted to create your own holiday? Well today is the day to do it, March 26th, is National Make Up Your Own Holiday Day. It is believed that the Wellness Permission League started the day but no one knows for sure, guess it doesn’t really matter because this is supposed to be your day.
If you want to make this (Insert your name here) Day, go ahead. Or maybe you could create a day with a little more pizzazz! Like, I Love My Hammer Day, or Dance With Your Dog Day, or maybe even Have a Flower For Lunch Day!
Of course you’ll need to come up with how you celebrate this day. No one is going to know if you are wrong or right, this is your creation! What food is best served for this holiday?
Do you send out cards?
Do you give gifts?
It’s your choice because it’s your day!