~ Albert Einstein
Perhaps you amaze your friends by wiggling your tongue and ears simultaneously. Or maybe at family get-togethers you're known for putting your legs behind your head and singing the National Anthem backwards. If so, do I have news for you. Today, November 24th, is Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day.
As Holidaypedia explains it, the premise for this occasion is as follows:
"Everybody has at least one thing they truly excel at it. Everyone is truly exception [sic] at something. Flaunt your talent gifts today."Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day is possibly the worst idea for a holiday I have ever come across. While I can't prove it, I am certain it was invented by the same people who want every child, regardless of ability, to make the team and go home with a trophy. Hello, people, life isn't like that. Get over it.
Of course if we stretch the definition of talent to the breaking point, it may be true that everyone possesses some special ability. Consider those listed on the skateboard city forum:
- "I can shake my eyes left and right really fast!"
- "I can fall asleep at will."
- "I can fit 3 quarters into each of my nostrils."
- "I can lick my ear."
Here is my holiday wish: By all means, everyone, celebrate your unique talent today — but please do so in the privacy of your own home.