The Importance Of A Good Weekend

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The working week really takes it out of me, most of the time.

The early starts, so much harder when it’s still so cold beyond the duvet cover. The commute – most of which I spend wondering why I’m not lazing on a beach in some far flung paradise instead. The too-short evenings, passed by in a whirlwind of cooking, eating, trying to accomplish something meaningful, but succumbing to sleep sooner rather than later. And the 8 hours of work in between, quietly but quickly amounting over days and weeks until they eventually turn into years.

When Friday finally comes along, I am ever so slightly excited. In my old age, I’ve learned to appreciate a good meal, a glass of wine, and a late night nap on the sofa over nights out in cheesy clubs spending money I don’t have on drinks I can barely taste. The feeling of freedom that comes with knowing that I have two whole days ahead of me to do with as I please is pretty much euphoric.

And do with them as I please, I most certainly do. For me, a perfect weekend provides a balance of creativity, relaxation, and socialising. Of eating, learning, laughing, and writing. Of making the most of good weather, and acknowledging the importance of spending time at home.

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pancakesThe slogan on my ancient Winnie the Pooh plate is fitting, I feel

On weekends, I like to make time for things I can’t do during the week. Making pancakes, or poached eggs, for breakfast. Taking a mid-morning stroll to the store, buying fresh flowers and newspapers, and treats for en lite fika. There’s something about taking time to indulge in these small joys that feels good for the soul.

Then there are the people I get to fill these two days with. The coffee I grab with my mother and sister; the friendly familiarity of the cafe owners, who call me madame, the conversations that wind through cigarette smoke and giggles. The riverside drinks and impromptu picnics with colleagues turned girlfriends. The ordered-in pizza and boardgames I play with my friends who, over the years, have become just like family.

 

Weekends are sacred, and fleeting. Some are better than others; more balanced, more lasting. But all, in their own ways, offer respite and escape from the troubles the weekdays have wrought. May they never cease to be full of people, and pancakes, and flowers, and coffee, and creativity, and laughter, and good food, and hope, that one day life might feel more like one long, never ending weekend.

What’s your idea of the perfect weekend?

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8 thoughts on “The Importance Of A Good Weekend

  1. All of the above is my idea of a perfect weekend. This is a really good article.
    I also feel like the weekdays are so exhausting since I started working that I rather spend my weekend calmly than partying. Things that come with old age ;)

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  2. I know I can consider myself lucky as being a student (way less responsibilities etc.), but I’ve to admit that after 6 year of uni, I can’t wait to start the working life. The thing is that now, I have my part time job twice a week (once on a weekday and once in the weekend), and uni the rest of the time. That’s at least how it feels to me. Of course I partake in sports and theatre, and meet up with friends and try to be ‘creative’, but the fact that there’s always something to do for school is slowly getting really exhausting… So weekend to me consists of uni work, my job and a few hours of socialising. I can’t wait to have a care free weekend! ;)

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    1. That’s true, being a student is basically a job in itself, as it’s so demanding of your time and energy. It sounds like you have quite a lot on right now! I worked part time throughout uni as well, and it was a testing time for sure. What are you studying, if you don’t mind me asking? :)

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      1. I do have a lot going on right now, but I still think it’s all going to be worth it in the end (although I’m suffering from a bad case of the lack of motivation at the end of this long ride haha!). I’m now pursuing a masters degree in business communication and digital media. I have a bachelor’s degree in international tourism management and consultancy. Do you mind me asking what you studied and what it is you’re doing now?

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        1. Digital media, that sounds cool! All the best with the Masters :) I studied English with Creative Writing, which I enjoyed. I’m working in customer support at a social media company at the moment. It’s tough but the team I work with is great :)

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  3. Weekends are for arting and walking and photographing and spending time with my other half. Despite not working myself, as he works we don’t see each other much during the week and when we do high-stress levels at the moment mean we get irritable. But after we both do our business in the mornings we go out and we enjoy each others company.

    Spending time with family and friends is so important and you write so beautifully about this :)

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    1. Thank you :) Your weekends sound pretty ideal, Erin! Weekends are when I spend quality time with my bf too. We both find it pretty tempting to stay in working on creative projects all weekend but a good balance of having fun and spending time with other people or just outside generally is better :)

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