Feel like there’s never enough time to get everything done? Well, there is some good news to share in 2016! According to timekeepers at the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service, this year will be precisely one second longer. A leap second! Imagine the possibilities! This is a vitally important opportunity, not one you want to have pass by unnoticed while you are doing something as mundane as taking out the trash. Better to use it doing something productive and purposeful. Why not spend that extra second petting a puppy? Or volunteering with your local fire brigade?
Personally, I am putting my extra second to use by participating in GISHWHES (the Greatest Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen). GISHWHES is a week-long, worldwide scavenger hunt that comes from the twisted mind of actor and all around rabble-rouser Misha Collins, and benefits his charity, Random Acts. Working in teams of fifteen, you’ll tackle a list of over 150 items which are meant to test your creativity, ingenuity, and stamina. I’ll need every second of that week to accomplish challenging tasks that may involve anything from fighting a drone wearing armor made from items found in your kitchen (colanders: so useful) to spending an hour reading to patients in a care home or hospital. You will make new friends, laugh till you cry, and sometimes cry till you laugh again all in the name of helping a good cause. Believe me, that extra second is going to come in handy.
Written by Janet Sahni