Ah yes, Romance, synonymous with the month of February.
And another aspect that is connected directly with February and romance, is the “29th Proposal”. This will pass without a second thought for most, and some of us will recognise it for exactly what it is – an extra 24 hours that we can pile more activity into.
So before you fill that “extra” or “free” day with work, life or busyness, let’s just take a single step back and review the prospects:
Family day out
Self day off
Strategy Day On
or… The Absolute Romance
Ah yes, the ultimate of romance. Your ultimate may be heading to Rome for a romantic weekend away, or a lifetime adventure in Antarctica or the Atacama Desert. Whatever your thoughts around this very special day, here are a few pointers to whet your appetite:
#1 – Him
The 29th of February beats all the others – Christmas Day, New Years Eve, Birthday, Valentine’s Day for marriage proposals. And simply because it only comes around every 4 years. So if you only met your partner 2 years ago, it may feel more appropriate to wait it out another 4 years. Or does it? Does it feel right? Right now? So what are you waiting for?
#2 – Her
Are you a girl who likes to do something different, like everyone else? Would he expect it? It’s tradition for a girl to ask her guy for his hand in marriage. You be the perfect judge on that one. Is it something you really want, or do YOU want to be asked? It’s got to feel right, or it’s wrong.
#3 – Them
Perhaps you are approaching your life path differently, and you have already had the pitter patter of tiny feet, and they are playing football right now out in the garden, 5 years old. Perhaps you want to “make things right” and secure the future for your partner and dependants. So why not consider a special moment? Even if it is for practical reasons, we can still inject some romance.
#4 – Romancing the Stone
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. It’s a girl thing. The ring is a girl’s thing, like the “big day”, the “dress”, the “5-Star” honeymoon. For a man to assume it’s all they want, he will benefit more from looking at what really makes his girl happy.
And Romance is only special if it is portrayed as special, if effort has been exerted. Buying a bunch of flowers or cooking a special meal on Valentine’s Day is no more special if you do that most months/weeks.
This is why diamonds are very special – they are not, as a rule, given every month or every year so they tend to represent the seriousness of events like marriage proposal, new baby etc
#5 – Just because
End of. It’s easy to write about why we should do certain things, when and how we should do them, and where we should do them. Let’s look at February 29th as a very special reason for doing something very ordinary, and turning that something ordinary into something special.
There is very little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference!
The little difference is attitude.
The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.
Be positive about your extra day for 2012, and use it well. What will you do? Share with us below, I’d love to hear how you intend to spend your Feb 29th …