Canceling Plans Is Ok. Having Layers Is Ok. Talking To A Donkey Is Ok. Do What You Need To Cope (22 Memes)

The Brief: The “Canceling Plans Is OK” meme is a Twitter snowclone (phrasal templates in which words can be replaced to produce new variations with new meanings, like Mad Libs) that makes fun of the millennial and Gen-Z obsession with self-care.

The concept of self-care has taken on a life of its own, justifying all sorts of flakey, obnoxious, or just plain selfish behavior in the name of wellness. While it is healthy and necessary to take a break and make sure you’re in fine mental and physical health, the parameters of what counts as self-care have expanded so much that the term is basically meaningless. But there are still a lot of Twitter accounts that go viral by using the rhetoric of the current self-care movement. And now they’re all getting dragged.

According to Know Your Meme, the popular parody account @ChanceFrom79th posted what reads as a sincere suggestion for how to deal with life back in 2017, which reads, “canceling plans to read is ok. skipping a party for the gym is ok. staying home to cook is ok. Let’s encourage it & respect self-improvement.”

The tweet was widely shared and soon afterward, widely mocked. People kept adding on bizarre things to do at the end of a normal list, like worshipping satan or poisoning the town’s water supply. It’s all okay!:

Since then, the Canceling Plans Is Ok meme has morphed into something else entirely, in the way only Twitter can do. Tweets that begin with “canceling plans is ok” end up being the description of various movie plots that turn all the outrageous actions of their protagonists into coping mechanisms.

Hey, if it makes you feel good, it must be self-care, right? Below are some of the best tweets using the meme. See if you can recognize the movie plots—or if you get any ideas for a self-care weekend.

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