Leap day…it’s pretty cool that this day only comes once every four years…makes it feel special. It should be declared a holiday (read: no work) and we should all be out doing something we normally never do to celebrate the uniqueness of the day.
Other things that come once every four years –
The Presidential election…I loathe the months leading up to election, with all the political advertisements. They’re beyond tacky; they’re pathetic. It seems to get worse with every election…blech! I don’t take the election of our leader lightly, but I just want it to be over already (and it’s only February…God, help us!).
The Olympics…well back in the day…remember that? We had to wait four years for any Olympic games at all. But as I love the summer games much more than winter, I still have to wait four years in between each of them and I’m so excited about this year’s games!
Do people who are born on February 29th celebrate their non-leap year birthdays on March 1? That kinda blows. If I was one of them, I think I’d only allow my age to increase on the actual leap days.
“Leap and the net will appear.” I first read this in Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way and thought “Whatever! That is so NOT how it works.” Of course it actually is…it just depends on your definition of “leap”. While I can’t remember the exact context in which she used this quote (most often attributed to John Burroughs), I do know the basic point was to take a chance and do whatever it is you’ve dreamed of doing without getting bogged down in logistics. I, however, took it one step further…in my mind it had to be something big, drastic…something about the word “leap” made me think that whatever step I took in the direction I wanted to go had to be huge…such as quitting my job and hoping that the perfect thing would just fall into my lap (while not even knowing what that perfect thing might be) or some such grandiose event. (FYI – I did not do this.) Not that those things don’t happen, but my guess is they most often happen after smaller steps have been taken first. That’s what I finally realized this saying means to me – a “leap” in the beginning might look like a very small step, but as it leads to another small step and another it will soon lead to a situation where something closer to a leap is needed and by that time, it won’t be so daunting. The universe will start to take your dreams seriously once you do, so if you just take some kind of action each day in pursuit of your dreams, assistance/guidance will appear from the most unlikely places. (I’ve read this over and over for years, but more importantly I’ve experienced it personally and know others who have as well.) So now, for me “Leap and the net will appear” is simply a reminder to “just do it”.
Remember the episode of Sex and the City where Carrie tried to do “a catch”…from a trapeze with a huge net underneath? I really want to try that someday! It looks a bit terrifying but mainly exhilarating.
Leap Frog – remember this game?! The original, not the educational children’s toy line, but the game where you have to jump over someone else…I’m not sure I could do that anymore without pulling a muscle…might have to find out. (The dude in the photo is not making it easy!)
Frogger – Oh, how I miss the arcade game Frogger (and Centipede)! Many Sundays after church we’d wind up at Pizza Hut where both of these games lived and oh how hard it was to tear myself away from them even for a slice! I wish it was still that easy to derail my eating…
“…Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound” Man oh man, how I loved Superman 1 & 2! Any time I see either on some random cable channel, I absolutely have to watch! Christopher Reeve will always be Superman to me.
Well, that’s what’s rolls around in my head when I think of the word “leap”…
Happy Leap Day! Do something out of the ordinary today.