Leap Day Redux

Monday was Leap Day and it is really a unique day. There are events like The Olympics, World Cup, Presidential Election that come along every four years but they don’t actually add any extra days to the calendar.


I mentioned in yesterday’s voice post that I realized I had more to say about Leap Day and that I would prefer to write those thoughts down. It must have been after my Monday post that I took a minute to actually consider the fact that it was February 29. I decided to think back to the last time a February 29 appeared on the calendar in 2012.


The last time there was a February 29 on the calendar before Monday, a lot of things hadn’t happened to me yet. My grandfather was still alive for another couple of weeks. I had never picked up and used an iPhone. I had never sent a text message. I wasn’t really much of a cook.
On February 29 2012, I had only been friends with Melissa for about 5 months. I was a couple months away from entering the most recent romantic relationship of my life.
The last time there was a leap day, I was several months away from working at the library. The last time there was a February 29, Ginny was still an active guide dog. I had never used Netflix and had a substantial TV on DVD collection. Last time we saw Feb. 29 before Monday, I wasn’t much of a reader and owned only a handful of Audiobooks.


Of course, there are other things that I could list that happened to me for the first or last time since February 29, 2012. What they all had in common is that they were all unforseen. Sure, my Grandfather and Ginny could have made it to February 29, 2016 but the odds were better that it wasn’t going to happen. But I didn’t know I’d be working at the Library at the end of 2012 or in a romantic relationship that made me happy..
I did have some idea that I would be learning how to cook and trying different technology as the wheels were already in motion for me to take classes at the rehab center in Sioux Falls by the time Feb. 29, 2012 rolled around. I didn’t know that I would end up enjoying cooking so much or that the iPhone would become such a focal part of my life.


So I wonder about all of the things that will happen between now and February 29, 2020. That’s still a ways a way but a lot of what happened to me in the last 4 years came quickly after our last leap day. The fact that so much could happen to me in the next 4 years is why I’m not going to try and predict what will happen. I don’t have the notion where I’ll live in 2020 or who I will have dated (if anyone) in that time just like I had no idea I’d be working at the library.


I don’t think this entry has been as profound as it sounded in my head the other night. I can say that the year 2012 was one of the most eventful and rewarding years of my life and that a lot of what happened came on suddenly. So I don’t know what things will be like for me the next time the calendar says February 29 but then again, I don’t know what things will be like in June either. Big things can happen in an instant.

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