Weekend Anticipation

Scrolling through Twitter, and reading some blog posts, I notice once again that build-up of excitement concerning Fridays, and the anticipation of the coming weekend.

People are posting about their plans to do something on those two days off, what they are going to eat, and looking forward to drinking some alcohol in many cases. There are mini-breaks planned, trips to major cities, shopping sprees, even doing nothing but staying in casual clothes and binge-watching Netflix.

My life in retirement takes no notice of weekends at all. They are just two more days of the week. Even the shops are open as normal, though only until 4pm on Sundays. I can do something different if I want to, but why would I? I am able to see things or to go to places during weekdays when everyone else is at work. Why go to the coast or tourist sites when everyone else is crowding there on their only two days off?

For me in Beetley, a Saturday and Sunday might just as well be a Tuesday and Wednesday. It has been that way since 2012.

Refreshingly liberating, I assure you.

47 thoughts on “Weekend Anticipation

  1. This post is such an inspiration to me that I am going to write one of my own based on my own concepts of the weekend …or of life in general in today’s world …I appreciate you a lot and this post, in particular struck a resonate chord with me … it is a magnificent piece touching a lot of emotional nerves in a really good way. Thank you for the uplift.

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    1. I always found them to be an anti-climax when I was still working. Crowded places, problems with car parking, and all over by Sunday afternoon. I don’t miss that feeling at all, Robbie.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. That is one of the best parts of retirement for me, Pete. My life revolved around time before, and I love the luxury of not having to worry about what day of the week it is.

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  3. You have posted about retirement before and it’s interesting to read how your life rhythm changes…this past year of #quarantinelife has done that to me, since my year long “live event” project was cancelled…but I haven’t minded at all! We’ll see how long that lasts!

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    1. You are much younger than me, John. But to be honest, i have never felt better than since I no longer had to work for a living. Yes, it has financial limitations, that’s undeniable, but there is nothing to beat that pressure of having to have a job.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. I quite like the separation between weekdays and weekends. Weekdays are for work, and weekends are still something to look forward to where we see the family or visit places. Not sure I’m ready to retire yet, lol.

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  5. Well said.
    It took me a little while after retiring to realize that my life didn’t have to be in 15, 30 minutes or one hour increments. As it was when teaching very young students with little attention span.
    The realization that I have unlimited ME time was so liberating!
    Enjoy your “weekend.”

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  6. I’m the same and always have been because I worked for BA and we did shift work. I was happy to have week days off because it was easier to get things done without weekend crowds and so on. Yes, it’s wonderful!

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    1. I worked shifts for 33 years, so didn’t have that Monday or Weekend feeling for most of my life. Now doing nothing at all means every day is a weekend! 🙂
      Thanks, Carolyn.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  7. Because I’ve always farmed, weekends are often busier because you’d have family about so you could get on with those jobs that needed more staff. So weekends have never really been ‘time off’
    On the other hand, I’ve never had the ‘Monday morning feeling’ either. 🙂

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    1. 33 years of working shifts ‘cured’ me of that Monday feeling, fortunately.
      I have always thought that farming must be something like ‘groundhog day’, having to do the same routine 7 days a week.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. Depends on the sort of farming. Dairy farming very much is. But with other farming you can get up in the morning with plans but no certainty as to what you’re going to do today 😉

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      2. Monday morning feeling was different for me. Things were varied enough that I looked forward to Mondays and the weeks that followed them. The ends of semesters were my equivalent letdown, I have missed the things that made each week different from the last in retirement. But then I am only a quarter of a century into retirement. If one is not careful, retirement can be the groundhog day of which you speak, Warmest regards, Theo.

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        1. I have settled in to my retirement reasonably well, and much prefer it to the igid routines of shift work. If only I had some decent weather most of the time, I could enjoy it more.
          Best wishes, Pete.

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  8. Dear Pete, that’s how it’s for us on the coast as well. Weekends are restricting us more than liberating us. Weekends are the best time to spend at home, avoid the beach and the roads and wait for Monday to come. You won’t like this, but we can’t wait for the winter to come! It’s so crowded everywhere, can’t t even find a parking lot in Holt where we ( the NNPS) are having an exhibition.
    Weekends never had the magic of being special to me. Having spent my whole working life inside a hospital weekends meant work, sometimes less hectic but the lovely Snoopy „yeah, it’s Friday!!“
    Wishing you a relaxing weekend in Beetley, with a big pat for Olly,
    The Fab Four of Cley XxXx

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