Over the past few years I’ve become aware of an annoying trend that’s unfortunately gained popularity: month long observances. I remember the good ol’ days when I was a kid and when we entered into a new month, all that was necessary was flipping our calendar to the next page. June was June, October was Halloween month, and December was recognized by hating all other shoppers and decking the halls. Now, every month has all these other causes and celebrations beyond the holidays that fall within them. I’ve started seeing ridiculously long acronyms everywhere such as NaNoWriMo, NaBloPoMo, R2-D2, and C-3PO. …I’m over it.
I went to Wikipedia’s page for the month of November and discovered that this month is collectively…
- Native American Heritage Month
- Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
- COPD Awareness month
- National Novel Writing Month
- Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
- American Diabetes Month
- Lung Cancer Awareness Month
- National Homeless Youth Awareness Month
- Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis Awareness Month
- National Pomegranate Month in the United States
- Holy Souls in Purgatory (Roman Catholic Church)
- International Drum Month
- National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month (United States)
- National Prematurity Awareness Month (United States)
- Epilepsy Awareness Month
- No Shave November
All at the same time. Seriously, why is all this shit necessary? Why does International Drum Month happen the same time as American Diabetes Month and National Homeless Youth Awareness Month? Aren’t some of these causes incompatible to share a month with each other? Some people really get into all these different awarenesses, too. I’m sure you haven’t yet forgotten that for the entire month of October
breast cancer awareness pink ribbons were shoved down our throats. I’m not saying we shouldn’t promote awareness, education, or celebration of any of these things, but why do we have to turn it into a type of month-long holiday to get people to spend money or to get interested? If you love drums, EVERY month should be International Drum Month. If you have diabetes, I’m sure you’re cognizant of the fact you have diabetes every single day. If you’re concerned about the homeless youth, it shouldn’t take one special month to inspire you to do something to help.
Since we’re also in the month of giving thanks, let’s consider doing this instead: start being aware of diseases and being grateful for all the different hobbies or cultures you’re fortunate enough to experience in your life. Let’s give up these tired, obnoxious month-long celebrations of things that people should be doing or appreciating on a regular basis. If you really wanted to write a novel, you wouldn’t need the month of November to motivate you. If you’re concerned about prostate cancer and men’s health, instead of growing a mustache, spend some time encouraging guys to make a damn doctor’s appointment. Nothing’s more annoying than people jumping on the month-long observance bandwagon.
If I see one more acronym starting with “Na” and ending in “Mo,” someone’s going to get hurt. But hey, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. So from now on here at Sass & Balderdash, EVERY month is HaMoLoObMo: Hating Month Long Observations Month.