Bones Day or No Bones Day?

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Noodle the Pug is the newest viral TikTok sensation in charge of telling his viewers what kind of day they are going to have. His owner, Jonathan Graziano, started an online series where they dictate whether it is a “bones day” or a “no bones day.”

You may be wondering what all this means. There are some days where Noodle likes to stand up and “use his bones,” as Graziano puts it. On the other hand, some days he gingerly falls right back into his dog bed. His owner created this series as a metaphor for what kind of day viewers are going to have. His followers have used this almost as a horoscope for their daily lives.

A “bones day” means that Noodle is ready to conquer the day and get things done. On the contrary, a “no bones day” means that it is okay to go easy on yourself and be a little lazy sometimes. Viewers have used this as an indicator as to what kind of day they will have in their own lives. It may sound a little ridiculous, but the duo has generated millions and millions of views on TikTok.

Noodle has gone pretty viral; Graziano currently has 4.5 million followers on TikTok under the user @jongraz. They began making these videos sporadically in August, but as they gained popularity, Graziano has tried to post every day. He has mentioned that since Noodle is old, he doesn’t want to push him too hard.

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In one of his TikToks, Graziano goes into more depth about what the two kinds of days mean, basically saying that “bones days” are good days. As Graziano said in his TikTok, a “bones day” is a day to get out and treat yourself. But that doesn’t necessarily mean “no bones” days are bad.” More specifically, “bones days” are for going above and beyond and feeling your absolute best.

“Obviously, a bones day is a day to celebrate,” Graziano said to The New York Times. “No bones days? I don’t think they’re bad days. I think they are days where you just need to be very kind to yourself, sensitive of others, wear your sweatpants, take a bubble bath — self-care. That kind of thing. That’s certainly how Noodle handles his no bones days.”

So what does this really mean? Why are these videos gaining much popularity? Validation. Sometimes people find it hard to get out of bed and conquer the day, and Noodle has validated those feelings. Many have realized that all have their own “bones days” and “no bones days.”

Especially as we transition out of the pandemic, the people of the world are just trying to adjust back to their “normal” lives. Mental illness became extremely prevalent during this time and many are still struggling with depression and anxiety. Doing everyday tasks and feeling good can feel like a chore. After being forced inside for an extended period of time, it may feel more comfortable to lounge around inside. Noodle has let everyone know that it is ok to have “no bones days,” and Graziano just wants to make people laugh and feel good, doing exactly that by relating to his audience.

Are you having a “bones day” or a “no bones day”? Let VALLEY know by tweeting us, @VALLEYmag, on Twitter.

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