On Friday nights, you can either be the ultimate socialite or a self-proclaimed hermit.
If in any case, you’ve chosen the latter choice, then good for you! You’re in the right place. The thing is, as a society we have naturally associated the idea of going out on Fridays. Think parties, social gatherings, the movies, or some event you want to attend. But listen: maybe sometimes all you really want to do on a Friday is stay in and rest. Yet the guilt gets you: But my friends are going out! Shouldn’t I join in?
No!!! Sometimes Friday nights in are the best thing in the world. I know that to be true, you can often find me at home on Fridays and I can assure you, it is often better than spending the evening out. I mean, it has been a long week, hasn’t it? Take this chance to unwind and rest. Still, I’m not completely shutting off the idea of Friday nights out, sometimes they can be a fun way to end the week, too. But on Fridays your mind tells you to just stay in, then it’s okay to stay in.
But wait, just wait. I don’t mean spend your time watching Netflix all evening, that’s tempting but trust me, there are better things to indulge yourself in. Let me tell you how to make your Friday nights in count.
Pick up a book and read. It’s fun.
I might be a little biased here, because books are my ultimate source of enjoyment, but I promise it’s fun. Immersive, even. That is, if you have the perfect book with you. On Fridays, I recommend light and fun books, those that can be considered as page turners; maybe an entertaining chick lit (if you’re into that!) or an amazing thriller.
It’s true, one can never go wrong with the right book. I personally prefer reading the classics and literary fiction, but sometimes I’d like a light novel to read for a little break from the likes of Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Nabokov.
Start a blog (if you haven’t yet)!
It’s free and a surely creative way to spend your time, if you’re a creative yourself! There are several platforms that let you start your own blog with absolutely no fee, but in my opinion WordPress and Blogspot are the best ones out there if you’re a writer.
If for some reason you don’t consider yourself a writer and prefer visuals, then I believe Tumblr is the way for you to go. It’s simple, a lot like Twitter (right?), and you probably have one already. However you want to start your blog, I’m all for it!
Learn something new.
It wasn’t until 2017 when I discovered online learning sites like Future Learn, Coursera, and edX. And get this: the classes are free. You have an option to pay for a certificate, but you can definitely audit the course and access the materials for free. They offer pretty informative classes on all topics. Personally, I enjoy taking literature and business-related classes mostly on Coursera!
Do some journaling.
I have a problem: journaling is such an underrated activity nowadays. With social media, most people have forgotten about the fun of physically writing your thoughts down on paper without the fear of being criticized. Come on, it’s your journal, nobody’s meant to read it but you! And with Youtube and personal blogs, some people tend to make the mistake of oversharing their life online, which I find to be a little annoying and I automatically think: People!!! Have you guys ever heard of a journal?
I’ve learned that today, when people find out that you actually have a journal, you’re either too cheesy or too corny. I would never think of it that way. Don’t you just love the sense of privacy a journal can give you?
But really, is there anything better to do than turning up the music and drinking your cup of tea while absolutely doing nothing? This is something I accidentally discovered one time when I was reading a book. I remember having just read a paragraph so devastating I had to pause and contemplate on it for a couple of minutes.
I also happened to have a cup of tea by my side, and I was just there, in complete shock thanks to the novel I was reading, just staring at my living room, thinking, and drinking tea. It was such a peaceful moment. And I had Bon Iver playing in the background, it was perfect.