This weekend is a long one in Australia. (Happy Birthday, Queen! And cheers for the holiday Monday.) But long weekend or not, I have a proposal or a challenge to make to you all.
I challenge you to resurrect the weekend.
You know, that time after Friday and before Monday? The time we look forward to all week? That 48 hours that seems so heavenly at 4pm on Friday afternoon, only to disappear in a blur of to-do lists, home projects, social events, sporting commitments and activities? Lest we feel we’re not being productive with our precious spare hours? Yes. That time.
It is time to reclaim that time.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand that those precious hours need to be filled with things that can’t happen at any other time – sporting matches, weddings, work around the house. That’s life and life is busy.
But instead of viewing Saturday and Sunday as blocks of time to fill completely before we even arrive at Friday afternoon, we need to build time in to just be. And to just do what grabs us in the moment:
- get in the car and drive with no destination in mind
- go camping
- visit friends just because you want to
- go to the beach
- visit a small town and wander aimlessly
- go for a bushwalk
- stay up late, light a fire and look at the stars
- drink cocktails in the afternoon
Live spontaneously (when you can – ha! how’s that for irony?) and celebrate life, exactly as it is right now.
Because if you’re anything like Sparky and I, you’re always moving forward and thinking about the next hurdle, the next goal, the next big dream. But it’s so wonderful to just stop once in a while and enjoy the view.
What are you planning this weekend? Will you carve out some time to just be?