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March Forth

As a child, Deborah Shouse read a comic that had been wrapped around a piece of Dubble Bubble chewing gum. On the bottom, she found a riddle that asked, "What is the only day of the year that tells you to go forward?" The answer? March fourth! The date became one of Shouse's favorite of the year, and every time it comes around she has pondered how she will march forth. March Forth was born!

Also known as March Forth and Do Something Day, or simply Do Something Day, March Forth is the date when Shouse—a writer, speaker, and creativity coach—has asked herself, "How will I contribute to the world and how will I experience a meaningful and happy life?" Shouse said that as an adult she began gathering with others on the day "to talk about ways we wanted to move forward, goals we wanted to set, dreams we wanted to bring into reality, small ways we could enrich and improve our lives." The date inspired her to follow her curiosity, let go of the familiar when possible, make the most of what was right in front of her, and help others find their own paths. March Forth inspires us all to do the same!

How to Observe March Forth

Some ways you could celebrate include:

  • Reflect on your past and on where you want to go now. Come up with a list of goals to achieve before the next March Forth.
  • Try a new activity, like a sport or hobby, or start a project you've been meaning to get to.
  • Create a collage. Shouse has made collages that show how she wishes to March Forth for the following year, which has included travel photos, inspiring words, pictures of books, and pictures of family. She has said of the collages, "I try to put my vision for my higher self on the page."
  • Encourage others to celebrate March Forth and to follow their own paths.

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