15 Alternative Awareness Days We Should All Be Celebrating!
The United Nations has firmly established March 21 as World Down Syndrome Day, April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day, November 14 as World Diabetes Day and December 1 as World AIDS Awareness Day. March is Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month, September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and November is National Caregiver Awareness Month.
Some say that it’s too much to keep track of, but I say it’s not enough. Rather than raising awareness one diagnosis at a time, I propose celebrating the joys and aggravations of everyday life so that we can all find some common ground. I suggest that the following 15 awareness days should be added to calendars:
1. Doctor’s Waiting Room Awareness Day
Magicians and musicians will alleviate the torture of sitting in the waiting room on this day.
2. Life Priorities Awareness Day
We’ll take a moment of silence to choose our battles. Or several moments.
3. Personal Space for Wheelchair Users Awareness Day
On this day we will recognize the fact that there is an actual person in every wheelchair, and that person cannot move without adequate space to maneuver.
4. Sleep Deprivation Awareness Day
We’ll march through the neighborhoods singing lullabies at 4:00 AM and again at 11:30 PM.
5. Marital Rejuvenation Awareness Day
Take time to express appreciation for a beloved, hard-working spouse.
6. Sibling Love Day
We’ll focus on the wonderful qualities of the siblings of people with special needs, and we’ll do things their way.
7. Did You Really Just Say That? Awareness Day
Use up all of your nosy questions, blunt comments and inappropriate small talk about disabilities today, and stick to polite conversation for the other 364 days.
8. Behavior Is Communication Day
Whether you like it or not, your behavior will be analyzed by a team of experts to determine what you are really trying to communicate both consciously and subconsciously.
9. Escape Artist Awareness Day
We’ll keep our eyes peeled for those speedy daredevils and climbers, and make sure they’re returned to safety.
10. Echolalia Awareness Day
We can all relax and enjoy repeating our favorite lines from the movies or simply our favorite catch phrases.
11. Go Outside and Play Awareness Day
Take time to smell the roses and enjoy the sunshine. Just get the heck out of the house.
12. Awareness Via T-Shirts Day
Family members will all wear t-shirts that say “I love someone with Down Syndrome” or “Ask Me About Autism” or some other statement identifying them as a family member of a person with a disability.
13. Sorry, We Can’t Eat That Awareness Day
Participants will choose to eat as if they have a life-threatening food allergy for one day, and hopefully refrain from offering questionable edible treats thereafter.
14. Laughter Is Medicine Awareness Day
We will share funny stories, tell jokes and find something to smile about all day long.
15. Synesthesia Awareness Day
Sunshine will smell like roses, purple will be sad, the letter A will be red and a D minor guitar chord will taste like dark chocolate.
Please add your awareness days to the comments below.