National Goof Off Day!

By Mary Nicholson

Check your calendars!  I hope you have March 22, 2012 circled in red or some other prominent color because it’s NATIONAL GOOF OFF DAY!!!  Doesn’t that sound great?  Recognition that goofing off must be important!

Goofing off instantly brings to mind some masters of the craft – The 3 Stooges, The Marx Brothers, or Monty Python.  A prime example of goofing off – Stooges style – is when Curly had eyeballs painted on his eyelids, so that when he really closed his eyes, it looked as if they were open.  Thus, he could take a nap while sitting at a desk, but it looked like he was awake.  At least that was the gist of the scene.  But the more I thought of these actors who often portray silliness, I realized that they had to work pretty hard to make us laugh.  I wonder what they did to goof off?

I think the definition of goofing off is a little different for everybody.  To me, it would be somewhat spontaneous and there shouldn’t be any work, stress or major decision making involved.  For me, planning sometimes includes those elements.  But there are those who are natural planners, and it would cause anxiety not to plan; that would defeat the whole purpose of goofing off.  So there’s really no right or wrong way to celebrate the day.

There are many factors in today’s world that contribute to fuller schedules and less down time, which leads to more stress in our lives, which makes a holiday like National Goof Off Day more important than ever.  I ran across this on-line resource that justifies the need to goof off now and then:  Much like a short nap can be very refreshing, a little bit of goofing off can actually make us more productive.  Maybe a short nap is your version of goofing off!

As I was thinking about writing this blog, I thought of some of the ways I might be celebrating National Goof Off Day.  If you’re too stressed to even think about it, feel free to use my ideas.  Heck, you don’t even have to wait until tomorrow!

  • Play with a Slinky, Play-Doh, Legos, Silly Putty and/or (my all-time favorite), Color-Forms.
  • Go for a bike ride or roller skating/blading.
  • Blow bubbles.
  • Lie down in the grass and look at clouds.
  • Go to a park with playground equipment and swing.
  • Go bowling or to a movie.
  • Lounge on the couch and watch movies like “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, “Caddyshack”, or any of the Marx Brothers movies.
  • Watch 3 Stooges episodes or reruns of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

Whatever you do – have fun!

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