Today, if you feel like spending the day in bed, you should do it. If you don’t feel like taking a shower or getting dressed, skip the whole ordeal. Going to work today would actually mean doing something, so you should probably call in sick.
Today, January 16th is National Nothing Day.
In doing a little research, we found this day of doing nothing was created by newspaperman Harold Pullman Coffin in 1973. Coffin said he wanted “to provide Americans with one national day when they can just sit without celebrating, observing, or honoring anything.”
Outside of this quote, when it comes to National Nothing Day, we found—well, actually—nothing else.
So what does ‘nothing’ mean? We found Coffin’s quote a little vague, so we went to Webster’s online dictionary for a better understanding. Here’s what we found.
1 : not any thing : no thing <leaves nothing to the imagination>
2 : no part
3 : one of no interest, value, or consequence <they mean nothing to me>
We’ll still not clear. Probably when it comes to nothing, it’s whatever you want it to be. Still, we’ve like to offer a few dos and don’ts on this special day.
On National Nothing Day, do continue to breath. Yes, that’s doing something, but if you stop breathing, you’ll be dead.
Don’t drive a motor vehicle, because that will require thinking which means doing something. If you do nothing when driving, you and others may end up in the hospital or even worse—here’s that word again—dead.
Do honor the rights of others who may decide to do something on National Nothing Day. Perhaps, take advantage of this. For example, preparing meals today would require doing something. Maybe order take out food and let the delivery person not honoring the holiday deliver your pizza, Indian or Chinese food to your door—you know, let them do the thinking and the something.
Don’t watch television, because doing that would still be doing something, but if you must watch the TV, do watch Seinfeld reruns. Since this was a show about nothing, there should be no guilt while watching the nothingness on your television screen.
I’m done. It just occurred to me that writing this is doing something. I’m back to doing nothing.