Some thoughts about Fridays

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After a long week, I am very happy to be able to say that! Well, I am happy about it every week, not just today. I remember once saying this to a colleague and she said something that stunned me. She said, ¨Well, what do we do other than wish our lives away!¨ I thought it was a pessimistic response as well as a misunderstanding of what I said.

Being happy because the weekend has arrived does not automatically mean that you have been wishing for the weekend since the previous Sunday night. It can also mean that after fulfilling your obligations and doing your best all week it is a relief to know that there remains some time left for  YOU. How you spend that time depends upon your situation, but it, at least for my part, can be a reward.  This does not mean that you do nothing. In my case, this weekend I have about 200 exams to correct and record into a computer. Sounds riveting, doesn´t it? Well, it has to be done but I don´t mind. I will decide when I do it. That is the freedom that I am speaking of. The time. I can get up a bit later than usual on Saturday, take my time enjoying my coffee, stay in my pijamas if I feel like it and take the day from there. It is a wonderful feeling.

When I was in university, my father would tell me, ¨You will never know the value of free time until you work. And you will never know the value of work until you have free time.¨Those words have always stayed in my head. He is right.  I know that some may snicker at the part that he would say about the value of work.  Work has its merit. I remember what it  is like to be unemployed. When I was single and living on my own  in Málaga a few years back, I was employed as an English teacher in an English academy for about 10 months out of the year. I would have to work in a summer camp in July and in August there was very little work to be found. August in Andalucía is a bit of a graveyard in that sense. Shops, academies or even churches can shut down for ¨holidays¨.  At any rate, I would have to start saving money to pay my rent  around May or so. I would pay my landlady extra for the rent so that I could make ends meet when my income changed in August  and September. In September, I would start working on the 15th or so.  I remember the free time, and made the best of it (I am never bored) but I remember the worry about money. I remember being called, ¨boring¨ when I declined going out. I didn´t care if I was boring or not. I was proud to be living on my own, supporting myself  and not depending upon living with a boyfriend as most of my female friends did. I look back now and would not change a thing. I learned the value of work.

So, on that note everyone, I will wish you a very happy Friday. Not with disdain for the work that we have with gratitude for what work and free time can teach us.

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Incidentally, this will more or less be my exit tomorrow hahaha!

 

 

26 thoughts on “Some thoughts about Fridays

  1. Love your dad’s saying about appreciating the value of work as well as free time! It’s definitely going up on the chalkboard in the kitchen. Happy Friday (in advance!). 😊

  2. Work is essential, yes. But I work to live, not live to work. It’s not wishing time away. It’s looking forward to being able to do what I want to vs have to. 😃

  3. Hahaha. Wonderful. Your dad was sooooooo right. When I started homeschooling my son (he has Asperger’s Syndrome and the school system in Brazil just did not work for him) I really started to appreciate the weekends. I could sleep a little later, not have a schedule to follow, no commitments, etc. Actually, I don’t like to go anywhere on Saturday by commitment. I like it to be ‘take it as i comes’ type of attitude.
    Happy Friday eve again Natascha.
    🙂

    1. Thank you so much! Homeschooling your son is the best thing you could have done. Many schools are ill prepared to cater to students with special needs. I am exactly the same on weekeds. I actually get nervous and irritable when my weekend gets “booked”. I take it as it comes too and it helps me let go of the strict discipline during the week. Love it! Sending a big hug and kiss to you and your son😘😘😘😘

      1. Awwww, thanks so much Natascha. Yes, you know I’m the most unorganized person in the world. WE are even suspecting Adult ADHD in me, so you can imagine the homeschooling. Thankfully, the system I’m using has it all laid out for me, and then I add stuff to it as I see the need. Hahaha.
        This Saturday I am going to get up later, eat my breakfast on the couch and in my pjs. Hahaha. NO commitments this Saturday. Yeah!
        🙂

  4. Hey, no shame in looking forward to the weekend! Lol. 😉 I enjoy my week too, but on the weekends, my husband is home and it takes a tremendous load off with the kids! I love your dad’s saying about free time btw, perfect.

    1. I knew you would understand! It is not like you hate being a mom or your duties at home! You love it. But in order to do it well, you need a break of some kind. A break just for you My dad is a very wise man. Thank you so much xxx

    1. I understand that too. That is what my father referred to about the value of work or the value of doing something that interests you. I hope you find what you are looking for! 😙😙😙

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