Every so often, a weird holiday is worthy of attention. Lazy Day on August 10 is a holiday to look forward to not-doing. We've all got our preferred ways to be lazy - read a great book, take a drive nowhere or sit on the dock of the bay, wasting time. Here are five reminders of things not to do when you're practicing lazy.
If you're scheduled to work August 10, call in to your office tired. The entire concept of Lazy Day is built around not-doing. Work is doing. Not doing is being. If you take work home or work at home, put everything off until tomorrow.
Call out for pizza. Go out for dinner at a fine-dining establishment. Prepare microwave meals the day before Lazy Day. Lay in a stash of junk food and nibble while you watch the game shows on TV. Along with not cooking goes not washing dishes. Leave your dishes wherever you ate. They'll be there after you've finished being lazy.
Do not drive the car pool. Do not bake the ten-dozen cookies for your child's home room party. Do not babysit for your frazzled neighbor. Do not pay bills or make home repairs. Do not exercise. Do not make the bed. If in doubt, refer to #1 - Do not Work on Lazy Day.
Preparing a schedule of not-doing is considered work. Go where the wind blows you, without a pre-destination. Do not look at the map if you're exploring on Lazy Day. If you can't find the dock of the bay, be lazy in the park. Do not have a book in mind to read. Look on your bookshelf, close your eyes and grab one. If it's a deep study, put it back. Read something trashy.
You will waste your August 10 holiday if you feel guilty. There are 364 more days in the year to beat yourself up. Lazy Day is a time to be happy, carefree and irresponsible. If those guilty, nagging thoughts come into your responsible head, get out in nature and watch things. Amble, don't power walk. Blow some bubbles. Pop some bubble gum.
What a deal! A whole 24-hours to be lazy and good-for-nothing. Mark your calendar for August 10, National Lazy Day.
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