Well, here we are. As everyone knows, International Hagfish day. How will you be celebrating? Unsure? Can't remember why we celebrate? Let me remind. Of course, the hagfish is the somewhat disgusting sea eel type of creature that eats already dead things in the ocean. Ah, how unpleasant right? But, apparently, the hagfish does the ocean a great service by cleaning up these unpleasant carcasses that litter the ocean floor. Ugh...unpleasant upon unpleasant....
I know, so nice to remember these icky poo little guys. So, how to celebrate you ask? Well the whole point is to celebrate the less than beautiful but important things in life. One way would be to pick all the ugliest flowers into a bouquet and let those guys shine their little hearts out. But there are plenty of ugly things that don't get the recognition they deserve. All the beautiful things take all the credit, all the adoration, and get most of the attention of the world.
I'm thinking about the awkward uncomfortable child that doesn't speak very well... although maybe less charismatic than some, may have some amazing and worthwhile thoughts to add to a discussion. They just may take a little longer to understand, and are worth the effort. Maybe these are the children that will grow to think of solutions to world problems; certainly not unimportant in whatever their thoughts and feelings are.
What about the ugly tomatoes that have little imperfections but have no less nutritional value, and taste just as nice or better than the pretty ones.
What about the people with jobs we'd rather not think about, but do such an important service to our communities. Garbage collectors, funeral directors, morticians, yes even lab technologists all have less than glamorous positions, but are an important piece of society. They are hagfish. Unsung heroes if you will.
Hagfish are everywhere, unnoticed and contributing to society without getting adoration of the millions. I say, give a hagfish a hug today. Yes, a little slimy, but important, special even, and worthy of love.
Go forth, if you've ever identified with the plight of the hagfish, love your fellow hagfish...it's the day.