Weekend Warriors Unite! That used to be the motto when I had a weekend free to myself. I would call my best friend and make plans. We would go out to eat and maybe have a couple of drinks, go dancing, see a movie, whatever struck our moods. If we were out very late, we would go out for a late snack. I would roll back home about 1–2 a.m., watch some TV and crawl in bed. I would sleep until maybe 9 a.m. That was a good while ago.
Nowadays, I am yawning while fixing supper and by the time that is over, I am snuggled up with a good book with the TV playing in the background. (The background noise helps me to focus.) By 8:30 and maybe 9 on the weekend, I am ready to call it a night. And forget sleeping in… I am awake and ready to make coffee by no later than 6 a.m.
Now, one might think, “Gee, what a boring life.” But. That is not true. I have a very full life from the hours of maybe 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. I accomplish a lot or nothing, depending on my energy and mindset. As a writer and artist, I find the time to do both, not always every day but I accomplish some goals. There are always books in my reader and on my shelf and they don’t collect dust. Because I have a moody brain, I may alternate between 2–3 books in the course of a day. I pick up some gigs to keep the wolves away.
For entertainment beyond what I mentioned, we often go to writing events, the library, book stores, art galleries, flea markets, putt putt golf, movies (often on TV), gardens, swimming, and walking around the lake. I know the librarians at our usual library and have real conversations with them. So, all in all, a full life. While we don’t pursue the weekend in quite the same way, we still have fun and relaxation. We do have a couple of drinks, we dance at home-since we both have joint issues and can only muster up one to two dances-we don’t go clubbing but you might find us at the gallery having a glass of wine and listening to the early bird music. It’s a good life. It’s a sane life. And to be honest, it is the life I choose, grateful for each day that we are given.
And last, but not least, I enjoy visiting people, really talking with them, a conversation without cell phones, without the barrier of the computer screen, to really interact face to face. Since I am largely an introvert, this may surprise some people, but as a creative person, these interactions make a difference. And on that note, I will close.
Weekend Warriors Unite! Even older ones, like me. It’s possible!