I just learned that March 26th is National “Make Up Your Own Holiday” Day! What a great idea. My problem is that there are way too many things to celebrate and I can’t seem to choose one. Here’s my beginner’s list:
Happy To Be Me Day
National Peace and Harmony Day
National Foodies’ Day (there might be one of these already)
Apple Banana Day
Passion Fruit Day
National Find A Lucky Feather Day
National Love Your Body Day
National Journaling Day (of course)
If you know me, you probably think I am leaning towards a National Foodie or Journaling Day but in fact National Love Your Body Day is rising to the top of my list.
Most of us – including me – are much too critical of our bodies: legs are too fat, skinny, short or too long; arms not muscular enough; hands not soft and smooth enough; neck too long, too stocky, too wrinkly, too jowly; a spare tire, a two-pack instead of a six-pack; toes too long, too short, feet too big, too flat; hair too curly, too straight, not long enough, balding, grows too fast, too slow; nose too wide, short, long, hooked; face too round, long, wrinkled, drawn; ears too … oh heck … the list is absurd. Yet we all fall prey to the critical eyes looking back at us in the mirror.
So how about joining me to take a day to simply love our bodies, thank all the parts, for better or worse, for coming together into the wondrous flesh and bones that carry us on this life’s journey. Let us love and honor our imperfections as much as our assets. Think of it this way, we might not recognize our assets without our imperfections, just as we might not feel joy if there was no sorrow at the other end of the spectrum. Besides, all the parts and pieces that make up the whole of You or Me are what make each of us unique!
As usual, I’ve taken a more introspective approach to this “make up your own holiday” opportunity. What holiday would you choose?
Take a look at a conversation about holiday making on www.daysoftheyear.com. The posts are both hilarious and wildly creative so, even if you don’t make up one for yourself, read a few of the comments and have a good belly laugh.
Hey, what about “National Belly Laugh Day”? Laughter is good medicine for the soul! I’m in for that.