Do you ever think to yourself: “How have I not thought of this?“? I sure do. And I think quite a bit. What does it mean then? That I do not think about the right things? Maybe. Possibly. Definitely. Usually, I either focus on what is going on at the precise moment, or I think of abstract things for which there is no answer.
This morning, one of the radio hosts mentioned how hot (pun intended) it is that July has 31 days. Surely for many it is the pinnacle of summer and potentially even the whole year (aside from December?). While kids in other parts of the world do not return to school until fall (Yes, I consider September fall.), in the US, some school start in August. It seems almost cruel in a way to keep children in school when summer is still going strong.
Aside from increased traffic (Can you see me starting to shake from all the rage?), the beginning of the school year brings on autumn and the wait for Holidays.
Have you ever paid attention to how many days the summer months have? I surely have not. 30 or 31, right? Taken for granted. Like many other things in our lives. The radio host not only mentioned the fact that July has 31 days, but she also highlighted the fact that it does NOT have 28 or 29 days like February.
Is your mind blown yet? Mine was.
Interest was sparked, and so I went on to research if there was any meaning behind the number of days in each month. Because I found it really interested, I thought I would share it with you.
Turns out that we should thank the Romans for yet another thing – February having 28 days. According to legends, the first king of Rome – Romulus, established a 10-month long calendar. While it ended like ours – in December, it started in … March with the Spring equinox. It is speculated that the months between the end and the beginning of the year were not important enough because it was wintertime and there was no harvesting during that time.
The king that came after him, Numa Pompilius, decided to match the calendar year a little bit more with the lunar year. And so he added January and February, which both got 28 days. Unfortunately, the year then had 354 days (an even number), which was a sign of bad luck. Because of that, an extra day was added to January. February remained with 28 days presumably because it was the month when the dead were celebrated and purifying rites were performed. This new calendar still was not in sync with the seasons, so to even things out, every few years, a month 27-days-long was added after February 23rd. Man, was keeping track of time difficult then.
It was Julius Cesar, who made the calendar look the most like the current one we use. He added 10 days to the calendar overall, and 1 day to February every 4 years. A legend, which has since been debunked, had it that Senate took one day out of February and added it to August so that it would have the same number of days as July, in honor of emperor Augustus.
Have you ever put your knuckles together to figure out how many days which month has? The valleys are the lower numbers, the hills are the higher numbers. Knuckles are always 31. Valleys are 30 (or 28/ 29 for February). If you have never done this, put your right hand next to your left and make fists. Then from the left, knuckle – January – 31, valley – February – 28/ 29, knuckle – March – 31, etc.
What is today’s wisdom then? Live NOW. Do not wait until next year, next month, next week. If you put things off, it means you are not motivated enough (most of the time). What are the chances that you will find that proper motivation in the future? The answer is elusive. So go and find the motivation TODAY. What did you want to accomplish this summer? Were you able to accomplish those things? If not, then this is your last hurrah.
And be grateful that a month like February has 28/ 29 days and a month like July has 31, because now you know it really does matter.
Sorry, Southern hemisphere since you get the shortest month (February) to close your summer.
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