The question I hear the most after four full weeks of early retirement is “is every day just like a weekend now?” The answer is both a “yes” and “no”. I would say overall, Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday continue to hold their special status as the best days of the week.
Weekends continue to be great because there is a lot happening around town on those days. If you like cultural activities – concerts, theater shows, community festivals – most of these things are scheduled for working people or when kids are out of school. Also, If we want to do these things with another couple (and most people are not early retired) that is when we are going to do it. This coming weekend we have a big black-tie gala at our local zoo. The zoo wouldn’t schedule a big fundraising event on a weeknight – they want to maximize their attendance at the party.
There are exceptions, of course. Sporting events fall in that category: I went to a NHL Hockey Playoff game with a buddy on a Wednesday night last week and a MLB Baseball game with another buddy two weeks ago on a Thursday afternoon. Sporting events are happening almost every night of the week and draw a good crowd. When games start late, it is nice to know that you don’t have to get up early in the morning.
This week my DW and I are going to the Paul McCartney One to One concert on Wednesday night. McCartney probably won’t hit the stage until 8:30pm and is expected to play for almost 2 1/2 hours. How great it will be to take a quick nap that afternoon before the concert and know that we can stay out late without concern for having to go to work in the morning. We can even head downtown early, walk around a little bit, and easily get to our dinner reservation before the show. It should be a fun night!
Thinking of weekdays, it is true that almost every day Monday through Friday feels a lot like a Saturday. On these days, if I’m home, I can get a lot of projects done around the house or quickly run errands when the stores are quiet. The neighborhood is also very quiet, so it is a great time to work in the yard or mow the grass.
Having extra time on weekdays also contributes to the weekends being more special. There is now almost no reason to have to do chores on the weekend since I have a full week of days to now timeshift them to. While I have been trying to get my 12K steps/run in every day of the week, that is the only real task I need to bother with on Saturday or Sunday (my wife does her 7x workouts exclusively on weekdays). Other than that, we focus our weekends on having fun and enjoying all of the activities that are scheduled for weekends.
So is every day like a Saturday in early retirement? Yes – they definitely are much more relaxed and give you every opportunity to get projects complete. At the same time, Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday become even MORE special with (almost) no chores to do and plenty of time to enjoy all of the fun activities that are scheduled for weekends or when our friends.
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