Photoshopped by David Simon (COM '21)

As February comes to a close, we all count down in giddy anticipation to the best day of the year. A day that only comes once every 4 years: February 29th. However, as it approaches, we are faced with the ultimate question: What should we do to celebrate this spectacular and most cherished occasion? Here’s a list to get you started.

1. Hike the Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail is 2650 miles of heat, exhaustion, and spiritual fulfillment. That’s exactly why February 29th is the perfect opportunity to start AND finish the entirety of the journey. So grab a stick, buy one of those fancy water backpacks that your middle-aged parents wear to Bass Pro Shop, and get started!

2. Reconnect with your estranged uncle

Look, he may be considered “heavily armed and extremely dangerous” by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but he looks so happy in those old family photos! He always sends you that weird Christmas card every year, and that’s sweet, isn’t it? Where’s he living now anyways? South Florida? The Ozarks? Rural Colombia? At any rate, now is the time to take advantage of your extra day and rekindle your relationship with your long lost relative.

3. Master a new skill

On each of the other 365 days, you are an unmotivated and lazy drain on society. That changes, for 24 hours, on February 29th. Conventional wisdom dictates it takes about 10,000 hours to become a master in something. Nonsense. You can get it done in 24. That’s the magic of a leap day. Learn a new language. Become a guitar player. Paint master works to rival Picasso. The sky’s the limit, honestly.

4. Visit a museum and enjoy time with friends

It’s so easy to forget to treasure those in our life who make it so special. A leap day is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of Boston’s abundant cultural destinations and museums, and to do it in the company of those you love. The MFA. The Isabella Stewart Gardner. The Contemporary Art Museum. While the entrance fee to many of these museums may be free, the experience will be priceless.

5. Finally win the Boston Marathon

When is the Boston Marathon, anyway? Does it really matter? You’ve always wanted to experience the sweet taste of victory, but you’ve never known if it was possible. And really, hink about it- how can you possibly lose the race when you have a month and a half head start over every other runner? Get to running, champ!

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