Happy Cinco de Mayo.
That’s right, folks, the holiday that names itself (the fifth of may) is celebrated today. No, it’s not Mexican Independence Day (that’s another day altogether — September 16).
Cinco de Mayo is a day primarily celebrated in the Mexican State of Puebla to commemorate the Mexican defeat of the French army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5 (of course!), 1862, even though the Mexican army was outnumbered two to one.
The story preceding the Battle of Puebla is one of debts, invasion, resistance, and foreign desires, and is certainly beyond the scope of this blog.
What I want to focus on is that whole outnumbered business. Yes! Here at Nobody’s View we are fans of the underdog, and Cinco de Mayo certainly lends itself to a few moments of appreciation in our own lives for things at long odds.
There’s no guarantee that you will be able to resist every single bully that comes your way — whether that goon on the playground or, in Mexico’s case, the entire country of France — but you can still have hope (another of our favorite themes here at Nobody’s View).
Look, today’s message is simple: don’t make your life decisions only based on the odds. Remember Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back? He flew into that asteroid field on specific instructions that no one tell him the odds. And that worked out pretty well, right? I mean, except for almost getting eaten by that giant worm. But that’s not the point. The point is (SPOILER ALERT!), the Rebellion came out ahead even though they were outmanned, outgunned, and out-outfitted.
And if all else fails, go to your favorite Mexican restaurant tonight and have a margarita (with or without alcohol), some good food, and listen to some good music.
Odds are, you’ll have a good time this Cinco de Mayo.