So its finally come; the leap day of the leap year. I don’t usually listen too carefully to Thought for the Day in the mornings (usually, a sensible point in the first half is ruined by the religious bit in the second half) but today’s message got me thinking.
It is quite true that time is just an arbitrary measure that we have imposed for our convenience. Yes, a day is the length of time it takes for the earth to turn round once, and a year is how long it takes for the earth to go round the sun, but beyond that it is how we have chosen to divide it up. And it doesn’t divide up quite right, which is why once every four years we have to have 29 days in February.
So here’s a radical thought. Why not have this day given as an extra day, and an extra day for everyone. More than a bank holiday, it could be a truly
national international day; a day for everyone to do what they want. It might be something they’ve always wanted to do but never had the time for; it might be something completely off the wall. It might lead to something new in your life; it might not, but it would be a day for you to break from the norm and do something you want to do.