February is the perfect month. A nice, round, easily-divisible 28 days. It’s like you took a regular month and stripped it down to the basics; exactly four blissfully-complete weeks.
Except for this February. This February, we get an extra day. Think about that for a minute. It’s a whole extra day! We celebrate boring old regularly-scheduled days all year round, but no one really knows what to do with this bonus day, this created-out-of-thin-air day, that only comes around every four years, no strings of tradition attached. What if someone came up to you on the street and was like, Hey, buddy, I’ve got this free, extra day here, and you can use it to do whatever you want. I mean, you’d take it, right?
Yet we don’t even celebrate Leap Day. I say, this day is too special to not commemorate. This month is special. This whole year is special. So I propose doing something special on February 29: Taking a creative leap.
February—beautiful, symmetrical February—has it all set up for you. Right there in the middle of the month is a day dedicated to love. So by February 14, all you have to do is figure out what you love. By February 29, figure out what you’re going to do. And on Leap Day, take your creative leap. The good news is, you only have to do it every four years!
Four years ago in February, completely by coincidence, I decided to take a trip that forever changed my life. Here I am four years later, it’s that time of year, and again, just by coincidence, it’s time for a big, life-rattling change. A huge leap for a Leap Year. I’ll be back here on Leap Day, ready to share my creative leap with the world. I hope you’ll do the same.
Update: To see what creative leap I took back in 2008, read this post.