Time is weird. Even outside the weird world of quantum physics, where time gets a little blurry, the usual ways we measure time are not as reliable as we think.
We all know there are 365 days in a year but the actual time it takes for the earth to go round the sun is 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds to be precise. So because a year isn’t a year and all those little bits eventually add up, every four years calendars have a leap year with a leap day – 29 February.
So what are you going to do this 29 February?
In some countries the tradition is that 29 February was the day women were allowed to propose to men. In some places, if men refused a proposal they were expected to pay a penalty by giving money or a gown. In many European countries, especially in the upper classes, men were expected to buy twelve pairs of gloves for the lady if they refused her proposal. In the Middle Ages this tradition was enforced by law. To be honest, that sounds like a great way to get a lot of free pairs of gloves every four years. Now, women can propose to a man on any day but it does highlight how nice it is to make 29 February special.
Every day is a gift but why not use this extra day to be more intentional and make it reallty worthwhile?
Try something new
Everyone has something they’ve wanted to do but never started, either because they thought they didn’t have enough time or a misplaced fear that they wouldn’t be good at whatever they wanted to have a go at doing. However, you could be good at what you want to try but you won’t know unless you have a go.
You could try a new hobby, start a new creative project or go somewhere new. You could even start reading a book that’s been sitting on your shelves or watch a movie you’ve been meaning to get round to.
Take some ‘me’ time
It could be a great idea to spend 29 February on looking after yourself. In the age of burnout, taking time for yourself is vital. This could be simple things like going for a walk, taking time away from your screens or even just using different parts of your brain to the ones you normally use such as being creative.
Invest in your relationships
It can be easy for things in your day-to-day routine to get in the way of your relationship with your friends, family and the people you love. If you need an excuse to get together to have a meal or just have fun, here’s your chance.
Help make the world a little brighter
You could start simply and see if there’s anyone you know who might need help. You could get behind a cause, sign petitions or get involved with a local group of like-minded individuals. There are plenty of charities looking for new volunteers to help out, either on the frontline or by raising money. The small actions you take on this extra day could be the start of a longer term commitment to making the world a better place.
How will you be spending your extra day? Let us know in the comments.