“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
It’s 2020, and guess what hasn’t happened in four years? Nope, I am not talking about any upcoming elections. This year is a leap year, and Saturday, February 29th is Leap Day. Instead of our usual 365 days, a leap year gives us 366. So every four years we get an extra 24 hours. It usually rolls around with very little fanfare and zero hype. More often than not, it ends up being just another day on the calendar. Should it, though? I mean, we just received one more day. A whole other day! My heart is to receive each day as a gift, including extra days that show up on my calendar because the Ancient Romans wanted continuity in their partying from year to year.
I thought it might be fun to do a little research, so I asked my Instagram friends what they would do with an extra 24 hours.
Here are a few of their responses:
“Impromptu trip to the beach.”
“Sleep late, read, and do a puzzle.”
“Rest, and spend time with family and friends.”
“Catch up on schoolwork.”
“Set the day aside to be fully intentional with others.”
So what should we do with an extra day? Any time that we’re given is a gift, which makes an extra day pretty important. We can use that extra day to catch up on work, connect with others, or take time to relax and refresh. It’s about what we do with every day, not just an extra day.
Leap Day in Miami
If you’re looking for ideas on what to do with your extra day this leap year, here are a few local family-friendly events you might enjoy:
Miami Children’s Museum
Practice your physical skills in their Leaping Obstacle Course, making frog origami in their Maker Space, and transforming yourself into frogs in the museum’s Art Studio.
Gold Coast Railroad Museum – Day Out With Thomas
Ride, play, and stay all day! All day site passes include a train ride, app station, play areas, mini golf, arts and crafts, and more!
Bayfront Park – Flying Trapeze School
Run away with the Flying Trapeze School for 2 hours and be shocked by your own feats of daring. You and your friends will look at each other in mutual amazement after you “fly” through the air. All students, from the youngest (6 years old) to the oldest (currently 81), fly with a Double Line safety spotting harness, and of course, there is a big net!
Writing this post has given me a few things to ponder, and how I’d like to spend Leap Day. How will you spend your extra day on Leap Day 2020?