Weekends are the best, there’s no doubt about it. I have a Monday to Friday, 9-5 job that isn’t bad, and of course I love having weekends off. But I’ve realised I have a bit of a problem. I catch myself living for the weekend so often, counting down the days until I have two days of freedom. It’s not healthy, it doesn’t make me happy, and I need to stop doing it.
So I’ve decided to actively enjoy my week more. I let myself count down the hours until my evening begins, then I cherish my time before bed. Sometimes I’m quite productive – blogging, tidying and organising, doing online courses, journaling – but some evenings I just can’t be bothered to do anything other than watch TV/Netflix/YouTube, read, or play my Switch. No matter what I end up doing of an evening, I’m nearly always fulfilled because I use my time how I want to. Just by actively appreciating it more, an evening can be brilliant even if nothing much has happened.
Most of my friends have retail jobs so their work hours are all over the place. It’s hard to meet up at the weekend, so I’ve been making more of an effort lately to meet up with them on weekday evenings. I either have them round my house or we head down the pub for a couple of drinks. Either way we usually play games because we can’t get enough of them – I’m sure I’ll have a blog post up on that soon.
I make an effort to spend time with my parents as well – we get on well so I always enjoy seeing them and catching up about our day when I get home. My Nan lives on her own so I visit her at least once a fortnight. Those evenings are lovely, just spending a couple of hours chatting to her and keeping her company. I really enjoy seeing her, so why rush past it just to get to the weekend?
The point I’m trying to make is that we should try to avoid this ‘living for the weekend’ rubbish. I’m over people asking ‘is it Friday yet?’ on Tuesday, just because the week is dragging a bit. I’m a big believer in living for right now, so I want to appreciate the present a bit more instead of wishing my life away.
This, for me, is the same as building up an event in your head while waiting for it to happen. Sometimes the anticipation is so overwhelming that the actual event – like a birthday or Christmas – is a bit anticlimactic when it finally comes around. Of course, it’s wonderful to be excited and to have things to look forward to, but we sometimes get caught up in what’s coming up in the future and forget to appreciate what’s currently happening in our lives.
I think it’s very important to sit back and value the little things even when there are big things on their way. We can view our evenings as the little things and appreciate them more, instead of just anticipating the big event, weekends, which fly by so quickly that we end up in a constant cycle wishing the next one would hurry up and arrive. Making the little things count is a really important habit to get into, in my opinion.
Do you think you ‘live for the weekend’ too much?