Happy Second Chances Day!

Tomorrow is my birthday. While others might bemoan having a birthday so close to the Christmas-New Year’s vortex, I rather enjoy it.

You see, my birthday is Second Chances Day.

Let’s say, for the New Year, you vowed to start an exercise program, go on a diet, and start a novel. And let’s say it is today, January 5th, and you have done not one of these things. (This would, in fact, be my exact situation.)

Second Chances Day! It comes along right when you need it.

Because, let’s face it, in the normal course of human events, New Year’s Day is a horrible day to start something new.

There’s the hangover for one. And it’s a holiday. The kids are still home (are they ever going back to school?) and the tree needs to be taken down. There are often New Year’s Day gatherings to attend. Just not a good day for resolution-keeping.

And then, this year, New Year’s Day was a Friday, which meant the next day was Saturday, which definitely is not the right day to be starting anything. The next day was Sunday, and there were the papers to be read, and the Patriots game and Downton Abbey to be watched. No time at all for anything, plus it’s the last day of the week, so why would you start anything then?

What you need is a Second Chances Day, and I am generously offering you mine.

Plus, Second Chances Day falls on the Feast of the Epiphany, when the Wise Men finally got to Bethlehem, so it’s kind of already a day for the tardy and slow-starting.

As long as your epiphany isn’t, “I am never going to do any of these things,” you are in good shape.

So Happy Second Chances Day! Let me know how it goes.

About Barbara Ross

Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries. Her books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel and have won the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. She lives in Portland, Maine. Readers can visit her website at www.maineclambakemysteries.com
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28 Responses to Happy Second Chances Day!

  1. Carol-Lynn Rössel says:

    Good plan! Today’s my birthday!

  2. Calla says:

    I loved this..my Second Chance Day was yesterday and your post so resonated!

  3. Happy Birthday tomorrow, Barb! May all your second chance opportunities be successful, and all of your epiphanies be wise.

  4. Edith says:

    I love it, Barb!

  5. Love this, Barb and a great reminder not to throw in the towel!

  6. Ramona says:

    Second Chances is the name of a vintage clothing store in the fictional town I’ve created.

    Love this notion, Barb. Now I’m going off to do 50 push-ups. Sit-ups. Steps. One of those.

  7. MCWriTers says:

    Happy birthday! And – I love your idea! (Besides – I haven’t had a chance to set y goals for the year. Now I don’t feel guilty!) Lea

  8. Great idea! I’d definitely start anew if I hadn’t quit with the new year’s resolutions.


  9. Bruce Robert Coffin says:

    Here’s to second chances! 😉

  10. Dear Barb,
    Thank you so much for sharing your Second Chance Day! I really need one!

  11. Peter E. Murray says:

    This was so timely. I am now five hours into my second chance…thanks so much!

  12. Vida Antolin-Jenkins says:

    First, and foremost – a very happy birthday to you! (Always easy to remember, since Martin shares the date with you.) And what a brilliant outlook on beginnings. Thank you.

  13. Joy Scaggs says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY !! May your day be filled with lots of love , joy and laughter . Happy Second chance day ! We all need one of those. God bless

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