March 21, 2014 by T. Gregory Argall
Many years ago I had an idea.
It was innovative, unusual, and a little bit off the wall but it had a purpose and it had potential. Other people liked the idea and it caught on in a small way, gaining support in little clusters.
Then it all sort of fizzled out.
As I mentioned last week, I’m not one to give up on an idea just because it doesn’t work. So, yes, I’m going to dredge it up again and take another kick at the can.
As long as the petition is still alive the idea cannot die.
You see, there is a basic human right that was built into the Gregorian calendar for the good of all mankind but has, thus far, not been used to its full potential. You know it as February 29th. The quadrennial readjustment of calendars.
Here’s the breakdown… Every year you have a certain amount of things you accomplish. In an average year you do about a year’s worth of stuff. Even during a leap year, you do a year’s worth of stuff, so shouldn’t that extra day be yours to do with what you want?
No one should have to go to work on that day. If you choose to work on Leap Day, that’s entirely up to you. That’s your right. But your boss shouldn’t be able to tell you to work on Leap Day.
You got everything done last year, right? 365 days. Worked your ass off, but you hit the mark on 365. So, you should be able to get it all done this year in 365 days. And next year. In 2016, take that extra day and do something just for you. Make it special.
That’s the vision I have for the world.
But we need your help. Please sign this petition. But more importantly, help spread the word. Tell your friends, your enemies, that weird guy on the bus. Once we have collected a million online signatures from, oh let’s say 56 different countries, we can present the petition to the United Nations and have Extra Day declared an international holiday.
As I’m writing this, we have 110 signatures, so yeah, we’ve got some work ahead of us. But we can do it.
With your help.
Someday, we will all celebrate Extra Day together, one world, one people, joined together in a single purpose.
Meanwhile, try to be nice to each other.