Bonus Day

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We all know that Leap Day exists because the earth does not rotate in exactly 365 days and we need that extra day every four years to balance things out. The biggest way it usually affects me is the dates in March don’t fall on the exact same day as they do in February—my birthday’s in March so I always pay extra close attention to that month. But aside from lots of jumping and leaping, I don’t know if this extra day truly affects many people.

Well, except Antonio Sabato, Jr., whose birthday is today. Don’t ask why I remember this.

This year I’ve heard murmurings online asking “how are you going to use this bonus day?” and it struck a chord with me.

We all have things we want to do—things we push aside because there are bills to pay and a house to clean and kids to ferry from one after school activity to another—and if we’re honest with ourselves, those things will remain abandoned “until this summer, or after that conference, or when I’m retired.” I don’t know about you, but I still have a couple decades before I’m retired and I don’t want to wait that long.

So today, on this Leap Day—this BONUS DAY—I challenge you to start the thing for which you never seem to have the time. Have an abandoned scarf you started knitting in 2012? Add another row. Have an idea for a story that you haven’t had time to think through? Grab a pen and jot down your notes. Have a room you’ve been meaning to organize but have somehow developed blinders to it every time you walk by? (Yeah, this is mine.) CLEAN THE ROOM. Okay, maybe that last one is a bad idea but it’s what I really need to do.

The idea is to make the most of this day—don’t let it be another Monday.

I’d love to hear what you’d like to do today. Share in the comments!


About Melanie Hooyenga

Writer. Designer. Jock. Reader. Wife. Puppy-Mama. SCBWI member since 2015.

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