One of my goals in life is to create a holiday. I’m still working on that albeit not very frequently. For a long time, I’ve been interested in odd little holidays. Most people now are familiar with Talk Like a Pirate Day. And through a stroke of marketing genius, there have been various National Holidays for things like Donuts and Chocolate Ice Cream.
One of the websites I use to look up these silly reasons to celebrate an otherwise mundane day is Brownielocks. Being quasi-narcissistic, I was curious if there was a holiday on my birthday, which is today by the way.
If you look at the list, it’s quite short for today. World Ocean Day sounds boring, but Upsy Daisy Day caught my fancy. The name itself can’t help, but make you smile. Of course, I had to know what this upsy daisy thing was all about, and found that it was “A day to remind people to get up gloriously, gratefully and gleefully each morning.”
Using my Internet research skills, I found out that it was started 10 years ago by Stephanie West Allen. Being that I am no longer a shy wallflower, I decided to email this lady and find out how the holiday came about. She happily replied to my inquiries.
Why today? June 8 was arbitrary. Seemed like a good day for a happy holiday. **
What’s up with the name? It was named because of my ezine Upsy Daisy Daily, which I no longer publish. Often when people hear the phrase “Upsy Daisy,” they smile — thus, the name of the day
What’s it all about? 2002 was the first annual. It is a day to help people recall the benefits of smiling and being happy. And, of course, playing!
I’m so glad I contacted Stephanie. There really isn’t enough playing going on for adults. Sorry, but I don’t count sports…well maybe sometimes. Around Christmas time, I wrote a blog post about how it’s sad that it’s not socially acceptable to get toys as presents…video games being the exception. The more I think about this holiday, the more I’m tempted to go out and buy a new box of crayons or some Play-Doh just to satisfy my inner child.
She has an interesting post about the 10th anniversary of Upsy Daisy Day. I’ve heard other people talk about how we get into bad habits with our thoughts. We just automatically think negatively, maybe because it’s easier, maybe because it’s what we were taught, or maybe because it’s what we’ve always done. I like the idea that we can take control of our thoughts and make them positive. In the next year of my life, I will attempt to change my thoughts and see if my life changes for the better. Can’t hurt to try, right?
**I like this lady already!!