Where’d all the weekends go?

On any Saturday night in Chicago you can find swarms of twenty-somethings out dressed to the nines, boarding trains that run throughout the city (fondly referred to as ‘the el’) and heading to the latest club or hoppin sports bar for a night on the town.

Now, if you know me, you know I’ve never been one to fill my weekends with glasses of ethanol and freeze my tush off in high heels and a skimpy dress to go bar hopping. It’s just not my style.

(Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate the occasional adult beverage and know very well how to cut a rug, as they say.)

But lately, my weekends haven’t been much of weekends at all. Instead, I’m facilitating retreats or supporting students to run a leadership program, or, in the case of tonight—baking muffins for my Alternative Break Immersion meeting tomorrow morning as I rock out to Katy Perry on Pandora.

My weekends consist of catching up on sleep and homework, maybe seeing my partner for an evening or so, and assisting in anything student affairs related that I can. I noticed tonight that even when I am “relaxing” by myself, I’m checking my email, texting friends, catching up on my latest TV show obsession, writing a blog, and waiting for baked goods to cool…all at the same time.

Is something wrong with me? I mean, I’m not complaining—this is all wonderful stuff and I love spending my time this way. In fact, this story is not too different from the one I played out in undergrad. (Just ask my college friends.) I love being busy, yet I can’t help but slightly envy the folks I know that are perfectly content with just being. No multitasking, no to-do lists, just calm serenity and silence.

It’s easy to get caught up in doing that we forget how to be, and that sometimes it’s ok to just be. I think I know what my plans are for next weekend: NOTHING.

How about you? How do you relax—is it going out, staying in, doing a bunch of little things or doing absolutely nothing?

Christina Ferrari

Student Affairs - the First Years

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