Quite commonly over social media, I’ll see the phrase “wild Friday night” spread across various platforms when they are sharing what they have planned for their Friday evening. More often than not, many people aren’t heading out for the evening and opting to stay at home to catch up on something they’ve missed on TV or taking advantage of their time off from work. So in today’s post I’m asking, why are we hiding behind this phrase no matter how we choose to spend our evening?
(Photograph by Helen Lopes)
Being almost twenty-seven, I have never been someone who was out every weekend. In fact, my nights out are far and few between but admittedly, when I do go out, I enjoy myself. I will happily admit to friends and even did so a few weeks ago, I regret saying yes at first and dread going out, but once I’m in the flow of the evening, I’m glad I went. To some, that may sound rude but the friend I was telling at the time knew what I meant and we’re pretty open with how we feel, so I felt comfortable being upfront with him.
When I was younger, I didn’t go out very much either. I have never been a drinker so that certainly played a part in invitations but that’s something I only struggled with in my late teens and it didn’t bother me too much. What I know now as anxiety, is what riddled me when I did get invited out on nights out. I worried about every little thing from what I was going to wear, what if I got mugged and couldn’t get home, what if I lost my friends and what if something happened to me. My brain would go into overdrive and I believe that’s where my feelings of dread still come from to this day.
(Photograph from Pixabay)
We’re so used to a traditional Friday night being a night where you get dressed up, head out into town and let go of the work week but I believe we’re slowly starting to change the perception of the weekend. It’s not that nights out aren’t becoming less common but we’re becoming more open about what brings us happiness when it comes to our days off.
So why are we making a joke about what makes us happy? Is it because it may not fit into that traditional idea we grew up believing or that has possibly come from the influence of television and film? I know I have probably said this quite a few times I the past in real life and on social media, and I’m not sure why. I’ve never been one to want to fit in and as much as we say that being normal is boring, I truly believe that there is no such thing as normal. Are we heading the other direction to try and not be normal, when in reality, there is no such thing as normality? This could be the battle that we’re facing and we might not even know it.
(Photograph from Pixabay by Thought Catalog)
A “Wild Friday Night” is very much like “Monday Syndrome” in my eyes. It’s a mindset that we become stuck on and it can be very hard to change our attitude on it so we hide behind it instead because we’ve never challenged it before. So; whether your perfect Friday night is heading out with friends in your local bar, sitting in with some popcorn and a film or going to bed early to catch up on sleep you missed, it’s still your Friday night regardless with no need to label it.
How do you like to spend your Friday night? How much do you value your evenings at home and how important do you believe nights out with your friends and family are? Let me know over on my Twitter or my Instagram, I’d love to hear your thoughts.