I am what you would call an introvert, often happier in my own company than with others. In fact, I find that quite regularly Sunday night will roll around and I haven’t seen or really spoken to another human being for two days.
Becoming a little depressed with my lot, feeling as if I was wasting my weekends, I started to wonder why? I have friends and there were always lots of things I wanted to do or try. Why wasn’t I seeing people or doing things? I quickly realised the only way things were going to change was if I made changes so here’s how I started getting the most out of my weekends.
1. Actually make plans to see people
I know you’re probably reading this and thinking surely that’s obvious, but it’s surprising how many times I would sit at home alone wondering why I wasn’t doing anything with anyone, and it’s simply because I didn’t organise anything. Making plans in advance gives you something to look forward to, and with last minute plans you’ll might be surprised how often people say yes. Once I started making the effort to see people, they put in the same effort in to see me and before I knew it I was swamped with invites.
2. Make traditions
Now in my thirties, hanging out with my parents has become cool again and I genuinely enjoy their company so every Saturday morning, without fail I meet my dad and my step mum for a coffee at home and a natter before heading to our local farmers markets. It’s become a little tradition for us and it’s a really relaxed setting where we can talk about our week and upcoming plans, if ever one of us can’t attend (which is rare) I’m genuinely sad to miss it.
3. Check out a gallery or museum
When I’m on holidays overseas I’m always desperate to visit museums and art galleries and it’s something I don’t take advantage of enough at home. Australia happens to have some world class museums and galleries which are well worth visiting (especially if the last time you went was for a school trip). Also, this is something you can do in a group or solo and if you’re on a budget, many museums and galleries have free or discounted days once a month.