October 6th is Mad Hatter Day. Taking inspiration from the Alice in Wonderland character, the day is observed annually. This day was chosen because of the slip of paper on the Mad Hatter’s hat bearing the notation, “In this style 10/6.” While it can be argued that the intention of the note was to display the price, ten shillings/ six pence, I say if there is a day with the excuse of throwing out crazy theories, I’m taking advantage. Today, drop all of your notions of, “It’s normal because someone told me it was,” and take a look around at all the weird and slightly insane things you participate in everyday. In the spirit of getting you started here are some insanities I recognize in my own life:
Companies take a perfectly yummy, nutrition packed vegetable, throw it in grease, and pack it in plastic bags after coating it in preservatives and set it on a store shelf for months. Then, I come in, craving salt and fat, buy it and supplement my family’s lunch with an extra 200-300 calories. Yes I’m talking about potato chips. How about we engage in healthy eating. Instead of opting for a “healthier” potato chip alternative, we just remove the nutrient-poor foods from our diets?
Buy a gym membership, grow muscles. Silly? How many of us have bought the memberships, signed a contract, and shown up less than ten times to workout? Let’s all go for a walk or play kick ball with our kids today.
When did we decide that fatigue goes away if we drown it in caffeine and feed it a few hundred calories? How about we take a nap today? Quit pushing so hard to finish, and just rest. I’m so much more sane and happy after a nap. Relating to the first sentence, I may also cut a few calories from my diet.
Stocking up on Christmas presents yet? Christmas decorations were in stores before Labor Day this year. There is one major gift-giving day per year. We spend all of our extra money, and sometimes not extra, to show the people we love that we care enough to buy them something. Pull out one of those gifts and give it to someone because you care about them, because you like his/her smile. It’s Mad Hatter Day!
Live next to someone you have never met? Who would you depend on most if your house caught on fire and you didn’t wake up? Say, “Hello, Neighbor!” as you mow the yard or take out the trash today. Who cares about the fence or the over-grown tree?
Finally, do you know why Hatters were considered mad? The lining of their hats had significant Mercury content, which we now know is linked to brain issues. With that in mind, what toxins do you knowingly expose yourself to? No judgments, but a little mad, huh?
Enjoy sporting your favorite hat, and taking advantage of being outspoken and a little off the path of “normalcy” today.
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