My wife and I spent a few hours today on our annual tradition of strolling through the St. James Court Art Show in Louisville, KY. With 750 artists from throughout North America and guest artists from outside the continent, it is an amazing collection of talent and creativity that fills numerous streets in Old Louisville. Most of the 15,000+ steps showing on my pedometer tonight were earned walking past all of those booths plus many others at neighboring art shows that take advantage of the crowds. I don’t think we’ve missed one of the shows the first full weekend in October since we moved here. It’s a nice tradition.
Most people have certain traditions they follow, things like holiday gatherings with family, participation in major sporting events (even if in the form of watching them such as at Super Bowl parties), religious traditions and more. Observing them seems to set up cozy mile markers that make the journey through time seem familiar. Life wouldn’t be very exciting if all we did every hour of every day was traditional, but it would likewise be too chaotic and unfamiliar if we never repeated those events which bring joy and which help us solidify connections with others.
I don’t know what traditions you observe, who you observe them with, or even if you observe any. Still, I can’t help but think that there is truth in leap year lesson #281 – You need some traditions.