My weekend starts with a well deservered nap on a Friday afternoon. Being fortunate to finish at 2pm means I can start the weekend just a little bit earlier and by the end of the week I'm done! My boys know that it's mom time ... no entry and no knocking on the bedroom door and if I'm not awake by dinner time then fend for yourselves ;-)
I'm not one for socialising on Fridays... I want to just chill at home. Potter around and achieve pretty much nothing of importance. It is good for the soul. Give yourself a chance to kick back. We don't do this often enough.
How many of you rush home on Friday afternoons to get changed and go out to meet the mates for a round of drinks? Maybe get home late, only to be up early on Saturday to do all the chores you can't get done during the week (let's not kid ourselves here, we're not the 20 something generation with no responsibilities!). Add to the chores the weekly grocery shop, ferrying kids to school sports events, then birthday parties, sitting up late waiting for your teens to be picked up from bigger 'birthday' parties... maybe friends over to your place on Saturday afternoon to watch the rugby and braai... and before you know it yet another late night.
Sunday morning is either Church or off to the beach early. Maybe the weekly visit to the relatives in there somewhere. Rush around to finish last minute school stuff the kids 'forgot about'. Sunday lunch.. or dinner.... getting the kids ready for school. Finding your last bits and pieces for that important Monday morning meeting at the office... and before you know it your weekend is gone and you collapsing into bed needing a weekend to recover from your weekend.
I'm pretty determined this year to have at least ONE weekend a month where I have no plans. Where if I want to get into my PJ's on Friday afternoon and only surface again on Monday morning for work I can. I recognise now that I need that. I need space to just CHILL. I know I can't do this every weekend... sigh I am a mom (luckily to 2 fairly self sufficient boys - they can make themselves something to eat and are potty trained - I'm safe there), wife, employer, friend, member of clubs, contributing member to society.. have to do my bit... but I can clutch out every now and again and I'm determined I am going to.
I DESERVE IT. My soul, mind and body deserve and NEED the break.
We need to take ownership of our right to relax. You not going to be remembered for the fact that you never ran out of milk because every Saturday you were in the shops fighting the crowds and doing the weekly shop.
My challenge to you - take those breaks. You will be doing something your future self will thank you for.
Happy weekend all :-)