Of course, I would pick the year that has 366 days in it to write a daily blog for the first time. I have always made things a little more challenging for myself than they need to be. I’m working on this aspect of my personality. Work smart, not hard. That comes with time and practice, it’s not just something you inherently know how to do. At least, I didn’t.
Bending or Breaking Rules
Same thing could be said for rules. I grew up following the rules, but only as much as I needed to. If I could bend or break them, then I would. Sometimes for better, and other times for worse.
However, a pattern started to emerge in my twenties. If I went about breaking a rule that everyone else was breaking…I almost always got caught and suffered far greater than everyone around me. It stumped me as to why I was the unlucky sap who never got away with things. I think I just never broke rules the right way for my personality.
I like to know how things work before I start doing them. SO when it comes to rules, I have to know the rules intricately to be confident enough to break them. Other people possess an immediate ability to fly in the face of authority, and are allowed to do that. I just wasn’t built that way.
Leap Day, or How to Bend Time Every 4 Years
This brings me to leap day. I have always viewed this day as man’s casual joke on time, or at least the measurement of time, not really being as important as we make it out to be. This was the way as humans we all had a guarantee to bend the rules every now and then.
In actuality, it’s a complex system set up to compensate for the shortcomings of the Gregorian calendars measure men in comparison to the natural rhythm of our galaxy. Furthermore, the reason it occurs in February is entirely based on the ego of a man who lived over 2000 years ago. And, if that’s not complicated enough, the calendar will eventually have to be recalibrated in about 10,000 years because of the vast offset in time measurement that will occur.
Here’s an excerpt from an article I am gleaning this info from:
“The Roman calendar used to have 355 days with an extra 22-day month every two years until Julius Caesar became emperor in the 1st Century and ordered his Alexandrian astronomer Sosigenes to devise something better. Sosigenes decided on a 365-day year with an extra day every four years to incorporate the extra hours, and so February 29th was born. In 46 BC, Julius Caesar, featured here in a self-decreed minted coin, created a calendar system that added one leap day every four years.
The system was tweaked, however, about 500 years later.
As an earth year is not exactly 365.25 days long Pope Gregory XIII’s astronomers decided to lose three days every 400 years when they introduced the Gregorian calendar in 1582.
The maths has worked ever since but the system will need to be rethought in about 10,000 years’ time. Perhaps mankind’s robot overlords will think of something.”
Straight-Up Roman Ego
“All the other months in the Julian calendar have 30 or 31 days, but February lost out to the ego of Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus. Under his predecessor Julius Caesar, Feb had 30 days and the month named after him – July – had 31. August had only 29 days. When Caesar Augustus became Emperor he added two days to ‘his’ month to make August the same as July.
So February lost out to August in the battle of the extra days.”
So, Happy Leap Day, or in my mind, our global bend the rules of time and space day.