The 25th of January is Opposite Day. Or perhaps it’s the opposite of that, making it non-opposite day, which would be just another normal day, or… but if I keep going down that track I will just get confused and start wasting precious blog space.
Anyway, so today is all about opposites – black and white, light and dark, sharp and blunt, hot and cold, fast and slow. It’s the day to acknowledge and celebrate the yin and the yang. The great thing about opposites is that the one is often critical in your appreciation of the other. As John Steinbeck once said, “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
A few days ago I wrote about getting out of your comfort zone in order to really feel alive, and it feels to me like Opposite Day is the perfect opportunity for doing just that. By doing the opposite of what your automatic comfort-zone action would be, you will definitely force yourself into some uncomfortable, or at least unusual (and potentially rather amusing) experiences.
Right-handed? Then why not brush your teeth with your left hand today? And how about having breakfast at dinner time? Have a warm beer with a cold pizza. Sleep at the opposite side of the bed, or facing the opposite direction. Walk backwards. Call your job and tell them you’re taking the day off because you’re feeling healthy.
I’m sure you can think of many more fun opposites without needing to revert to anything dangerous, like driving on the wrong side of the road (not a good idea!). Opposite Day can be particularly fun when you get your kids to play along. Get them to think of things to do the opposite way – I can almost guarantee they will come up with some mind blowing ideas, simply because their minds are still completely open, and their creativity still fully intact.
Go ahead, make the most of the day – live a little (or live a lot)!