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I never really understood the concept of a Leap Year. I have a great aunt who was born on February 29th and would joke all the time that she was turning 12 or 16 years old. I couldn’t understand that at all. I simply thought she was crazy.

Now that I’m a little older, but not necessarily wiser, I understand there is science behind Leap Year. It has something to do with the rotation of the Earth, or the position of the moon every third Tuesday, or something like that… I don’t know the exact reasoning behind it still.

What I do know, however, is that the Earth we live on is fantastic. Once every four years, our year is 366 days long instead of 365. And everyone agrees on that. All the newspapers understand what day it is and government officials don’t need to shut down their offices due to chaos. We don’t agree on too many things and could have strife about petty situations, but something phenomenal, like adding another day to a year, goes on without a hitch, every four years. 

I think there is something to be learned from Leap Day/Leap Year. If an extra day that alters the entire course of a year and a lifetime can go on without arguments and issues and temper tantrums, shouldn’t we be able to take things a little less seriously, too? Maybe, instead of being so miffed about a restaurant in another state not taking your coupon or a guy on the road driving a little too slow, we can think about the millions and billions of people that accept February 29th. And, maybe, we won’t worry as much about the little things anymore. 

Perhaps an appreciation for the acceptance of something so significant as Leap Day and Leap Year will make all of us think twice, and help us accept something else that isn’t so monumental. 

From the desk of Maddy Richards who helps produce The Morning Show on BYU Radio.

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