There is chaos and disorder everywhere, and you can't control it. Crazy, unorganized, and unexpected things are happening, and they all seem to be happening at the same time. Does this sound like pandemonium to you? That's okay, today is Pandemonium Day. It's a day to embrace and even celebrate the pandemonium that often seems to surround us. It is a day for looking at this pandemonium in a new way. As it can come along at any time, it is a day to accept that it exists.
All hail the forces of chaos! Let the desk be unorganized, turn off the alarms and let the laundry go unwashed! Throw out your itinerary and pursue the day with wild abandon! Have a course of action? Disrupt it. Walking along the pier and have a sudden desire to jump in the water? Do it! Randomly decide that purple and neon green are perfectly complimentary colors? Wear them! Pandemonium day is dedicated to the unexpected, if you live a typically organized and well-ordered life, celebrate some serious Pandemonium!
History of Pandemonium Day
The word "pandemonium" first appeared in 1667, in John Milton's Paradise Lost. It was spelled as "Pandaemonium" and was the name for the capital of Hell. The word comes from two Greek words: "pan," which means "all," and "daimonion," which means "inferior gods."
Pandemonium day was established to help free us from all the stuffiness that comes with living a life too ordered, a schedule to set. There’s a term called “landing in a rut” and when you’re doing the same thing day in and day out, without any variance or change, and that’s the path to a deathbed lined with regrets. Instead, you need a little pandemonium in your life, random madness and spontaneous acts that will bring about great adventures, experiences, and memories you can cradle and share your whole life.
Pandemonium Day tells you it’s alright to be wild, to be crazy, to get out there and tear up the world. Don’t think that you have to behave according to the same rules someone else lives their life by. Sure, obey the law, don’t mess with someone else’s life, but don’t think that anyone has the right to tell you who you are or how to celebrate your own uniqueness. Get out there and follow your impulses, engage your inner child who didn’t know what ‘appropriate’ meant, and run through the fields with your heart wild and free. Indulge in the very essence of Pandemonium!
How to celebrate Pandemonium Day
Two Words: Free Yourself. Free Yourself from preconceptions, free yourself from expectations, free yourself from ‘have to’ and ‘should’, let yourself be free. Life was meant to be lived full of joy and exploring our personal uniqueness, not coddled into a three-piece suit and living out every day according to someone else’s pre-determined plan. While order has its place, it is not the foundation of a life fully lived. Chase the horizon, play in the mud with the frogs, run through a gathering of pigeons, and climb the nearest tree. Pandemonium Day should be lived like it’s your last day on Earth, get out there!
Embrace and celebrate the chaos and disorder of life. Accept that pandemonium can come along at any time. By doing so, you'll be better able to navigate it when it does arrive. You could make things extra crazy and disorderly on purpose today, to help inoculate you for when some chaos really does come along. On the other hand, you could spend the day taking steps to reduce that chances of pandemonium, by taking care of things that you can control. You could also spend the day reading Milton's Paradise Lost.