#2: Our New Weekends

There’s not much difference between the week and the weekends anymore and yet the word weekend gladdens the heart much. Here’s a look at how the meaning of some popular weekend quotes have changed.

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  1. Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week — Joseph Addison

Well — this one is still relevant I would say. The familiar Sunday pangs are still there, only to be replaced by the happy thought that there were no needs for hours of commute or agonize over what to wear. But Sunday is still about detoxifying ourselves of the grime (emotional and spiritual) the week.

2. Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless — Bill Watterson

Hmm. What about weekends should not count if you didn’t once walk down nostalgia lane and reminisce about how much fun it was to plan random, pointless things to do over the weekend. (I never did — so I wouldn’t know)

3. Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them — John Shirley

This one is having a good day, I would say. The stress of the end of a weekend was often just too much to bear. In olden days, we would have probably needed smelling salts to cope with the trauma. Anyway, we did the best we could — which was to dream of Fridays on Mondays. But now, we no longer need to do that. Most weekends, I am actually dreaming about Mondays. Weekends feel kind of pointless nowadays.

4. The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend ― Chuck Palahniuk

Well, there’s been a bit of universalization of weekends here. Asking others about their weekends and telling them ours is practically the same thing — saving the details, which no one was interested in anyway to begin with. Saying that, this quote is still my favorite because it captures the shallow lives we live/lived and will again no doubt live.

5. I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel ― Audrey Hepburn

Being alone especially in a lockdown is not much fun. For some it could trigger depression and anxiety. So, while this is also one of my favorite quotes again and one I subscribe to and subscribed to even when I didn’t need to — now it feels a bit rich to even think this because it has ceased being a choice.

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