National Wear Someone Else's Shoes for a Day Day

Okay, so here’s the dealio. At ChicagoNow we have Blogapalooza once a month and we’re given a topic and we have one hour to write about it and publish a post. Yup, sixty measly minutes to finish the whole damn thing and this is our topic tonight.

“Create a new holiday, or holidays, that you believe should exist.”

So I sat here writing down a bunch of funny ideas that really weren’t all that funny. Like I thought about writing about Opposite Day or No Talking Day but then I stopped myself because I realized what a waste that would be. The second part of the assignment says, “that you believe should exist.”

I mean like if you think about it, there are only 365 days in a year and really that’s not all that many. And some of them are already committed to some really stupid causes. Like what idiot decided that a dorky rodent should get his own special day for coming out of a hole and looking for his shadow? And Columbus Day? Seriously? For coming over and discovering land that was already discovered?

So I have decided to go with a more serious approach and I’m going to say that there should be a day called “National Wear Someone Else’s Shoes for a Day Day.” I’m sure there’s a better name because that doesn’t even make a good acronym, but I only have an hour, so someone think of a better name for me. Here’s how it works. On National Wear Someone Else’s Shoes for a Day Day, everyone must think of someone less fortunate than themselves, and they must live like that person all day long. Here are a few possibilities:

Maybe you leave your house with nothing but the clothes on your back and you spend the night on the street just like a homeless person. No, not after dinner. It starts the moment you wake up and skip your bagel and coffee and head right out to suck it up for 24 hours. If you want to eat, you panhandle or look in trashcans. If you want to stay warm, you look for a vent to lie on above the subway. If you want to check your email or call someone, you don’t. You are literally homeless for a day.

Or maybe you put a blindfold on and you wear it for an entire day and truly experience what it’s like to be blind. Wait, what’s that, you can’t because you have to get to work? Hmm, better figure out transportation because you can’t drive when you’re blind.

You could slip your arm into your shirt and live without an arm for a day and see what it’s like to lose a limb fighting for our country. And then multiply that times forever because when you lose a limb, it’s not temporary.

You can decide that you are going to see what it’s like to be a housekeeper and head on over to a friend’s house and clean it top to bottom. Yes, even the toilets.

You can fast for the day and feel what it’s like to be starving. Not like “I’m starving, when is dinner gonna be ready?” Like starving starving.

Etc. Etc. Etc. You get the picture.

I know, it’s not a very glamorous day. And it’s a little complicated and all over the place. But if you look around the world there are people everywhere who are less fortunate than you are. And knowing what they go through on a daily basis will help us all appreciate what we have and live to be grateful, not constantly wanting more.

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