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It’s Friday. It’s another Friday. But Friday has really no meaning to me. The days and the weeks and the months have melded together into one long mishmash of days and nights. For some like my wife who put in a week’s work or more into the week, the weekend is a welcome relief that she fully deserves. But for me, I am struggling with the concept of Fridays and weekends. It’s typically no different.
Even before I fell ill, I had struggled with Fridays and did not like the weekends. My OCD brain prefers a singular pattern with some comfort coming from the fixed routine of the weekday which is typically built around external motivation - work. Therefore when I coached I would take each day at its best as “Happy Monday”, “Happy Tuesday”… etc., and therefore Friday was nothing really special when it happened. I struggled with the routine all of Saturday and then Sunday was “forced to complete all the pending weekend workday” because I did not get to doing anything on Saturday.
As I recover from my surgery, I will have to slowly build back my routine. And there’s an opportunity to build it back any which way I want (within reason, I cant choose to work the nights, or perhaps I can find teams to coach remotely on the other side of the world).
Not all parts of a routine need to be time or habit-driven. Some things can be done at random times and accommodated as and when one wants to get to that type of work. Like for eg., I pay bills once a week Saturday so I have to carve a piece of time to do this. However, if I pay each bill as it comes (electronically) I get to this at different times of the day, even in a 30-second break between some other larger piece of task or project that I am working on. And this is true for a variety of things that one does… if you want to do it that way.
I hope to keep you posted on what my new routines and habits are, as I build them back - what has changed and what’s different, and why?
PS: It is a shame that it is so hard to find a non-stereotyped cheerleading photo without women in it.