If you love a good paradox, get ready to celebrate. Be prepared to have your interpretation of ordinary things challenged and turned upside down. Before you consider the entertaining ambivalence of contradictions, consider the name of this holiday.
It’s called Opposite Day. We observe it each January 25, but do we really? This is a wonderfully whimsical holiday. It’s exactly what kids would come up with if we let them design our calendars. Granted, they would probably extend it to every day of the year.
As it stands now, or maybe it doesn’t, vague references credit the start of this odd celebration to President Calvin Coolidge. Apparently, or not, he had a tendency to make notably ambiguous remarks during the 1920s. We tend to believe the obscure folklore. Only a politician could start a trend that revolves around saying the opposite of what you really mean.
The kids head out the door singing hellos and arrive back home calling out hearty goodbyes. If our kids can embrace the delightful silliness of Opposite Day, we believe Congress should do the same. So for just this one day, every member of the Senate and House should vow to do absolutely nothing.
So, what are your plans for this holiday filled with enigmas?
Consider pairing a lovely dress heel with a worn-out sneaker. But be careful. Balance doesn’t matter, so it really does. Or, you can start your engine with fries and hamburgers for breakfast. Save the pancakes and waffles for dinner.
Whether you decide to say what you don’t mean or dismiss things you really do mean, have fun today. Just be cautious around anyone who wants to take this observance too seriously. After all, today is Opposite Day. Doesn’t that mean it really isn’t?